We’ve been writing this blog for a couple of years now and during that time we have written about how to handle disappointments and how to realize it’s about God’s timing and God’s will and where He wants to take you in ministry. Let’s face it, life presents us with disappointments and challenges all the time. How we deal with those is what defines us. Pastor Rick Warren has a saying that during these times you have two choices, you can worry or you can worship. Worrying won’t change a thing but worship will draw you closer to God during a tough time. My dad, God rest his soul, used to have a saying that the measure of a man is not how he handles the good times, but how he handles the tough times.
I write this post today probably as much for me as for you the reader. I had a huge disappointment a couple of weeks ago and after a few days I realized that I had some options of how to handle that disappointment. I could be negative or positive; I could be angry or see this as an opportunity to let God grow me even more. This week while sitting at the beach, enjoying some quiet time and looking out at God’s beautiful landscape in front of me I wrote down how I was going to work through this and come out the other side a stronger more devoted, God-loving, Jesus worshiping, Christian.
- This is a time to trust God not question God. I will trust that He will get me through this time and I’ll come out on the other side of this even stronger.
- God defines me, not others. I have an audience of one. My goal should be His glory, not the approval of others.
- Students are watching me to see how I handle a setback. I have a unique opportunity to be an incredible example to them of how to be positive and trust God. Wow, I need to take full advantage of this.
- I have an amazing collection of Godly men in my small group. I’m going to take full advantage of them and their offers of support.
- Negative feelings take too much energy from me. When I have negative feelings overtaking me, I take it to God and give it all up to Him.
- I will continue to be a prayer warrior and to keep devoted to daily quiet times. One thing I got away from, but I will most defiantly be resuming, will be to take a Sabbath day every week.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 ESV