Psalms 42:11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Disappointments should be fleeting
emotions, not permanent feelings. Unfulfilled moments in life may leave
our hearts heavy. Our emotions will be deflated to a level of
frustration when we expect events to produce us with certain feelings of
Expectations and disappointments are directly proportional. If we
decrease our expectations of people in our lives, we will also see a
decrease in our disappointments. When we can look instead to what we
can expect from God, we will never be disappointed.
birthdays,vacations, and other special occasions may heighten our
expectations. We may dream of an over-the-top celebration where every
moment is perfect. We might plan for weeks so that all the details will
be comparable to something we have seen on Pinterest, television, or
other media. Often, we expect the day or event to flood us with
The problem is that life here on earth is not
perfect. Humans are flawed. Our lives contain situations that that
have left us with disappointments, some small and others large. Life
will not always be picture perfect. It will not have fairy tale endings
as books and movies do.
expectations can lead to deepened disappointments. This is especially
true when we fall into comparing our lives to the seemingly perfect
lives of others. As I have said before in other posts, when we expect
every second of our lives to manifest like the pictures of others that
we see on social media, we kid ourselves. A single photo of an occasion
does not begin to reveal all the details of the lives represented.
What we see in the pictures represents a single, joyful, memorialized
moment. Yes, we should celebrate each and every one of those precious
moments; however, we must NOT begin to believe that the lives of those
in the photos are filled with never ending bliss.
every blissful moment with which God blesses you. They are your
moments, filled with special details about the people in your life. Do
not fall for believing that the lives of others are perfect while your
life contains flaws. Do not begin to compare the realities of your life
with photos that present only a portion of the actualities of the lives
Life will not always be over-the-top with
perfect days. There will be times when holidays make us sad. There
will be times when bad memories flood our days and crowd out joy. There
will be days when disappointment fills our minds with discouragement.
you find yourself in a period of discouragement because life does not
seem to be perfect, find a piece of paper and begin to list the joys and
times of fulfillment that you have experienced. Declare the truths in
your life that God has provided and continues to promise. Settle into
the fact that life is not perfect and neither are people but God has a
perfect plan for you in mind. Put your hope in Him!