When people look me over, it hurts. When I want what other people have and can't get it, it frustrates me. When others take advantage of my kindness or ignore what I have to offer, I want to quit. Overall, I get disappointed a lot and that makes my heart sick (Proverbs 13:12). When my heart is sick it is also followed by strife and depression; "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16)." Inevitably, evil work leads to poor consequences, even death (James 1:13-15). "Yet in all these things (even disappointment) we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37)." God wants us to live in freedom, peace, and abundance, so He sent Jesus to remind us that in this world we will have trouble (disappointment is one of many), but to be encouraged because Jesus has overcome the world and through Him we can do the same (John 16:33).
Whatever or whoever is governing your mind effects your attitude towards life.
Everybody wants to overcome or conquer something, whether it be disappointment, love of sin, or a fitness obstacle. Regardless, until we begin living with the right frame of mind (Ephesians 4:22-24), our challenges will conquer us instead of us conquering our challenges. It is very difficult for any of us to overcome what brings us low (John 10:10) without first allowing God to be the most important and major influence in our lives. Recognize and understand that nothing and no one can ever have an effect on our character, development, or way of living unless we open an invitation for that thing or person to govern our minds. Whatever or whoever is governing your mind effects your attitude towards life. It is time for all of us to acknowledge that until we fix our eyes on Jesus and use the FULL armor of God each day (Ephesians 6:10-17) there will be a real thief out there preparing to steal, kill, and destroy the greater lifestyle God planned for us all to have in Jesus name (Ephesians 1:3+11, John 10:28, John 14:27, Romans 6:14, 2 Tim 1:7).
It's not about the position we might be in but who/where we look to, what governs our thinking, and how we view ourselves in CHRIST from that position.
God did not give us everybody-control or everything-control, He gave us self-control through the Spirit of the Lord (2 Timothy 1:7). When we put on the nature of Christ (Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:22-23) we can see that we may not be able to control the people or situations around us, but with the strength of Christ, we can control how we respond to every opposition or adversity in life (1 John 4:4). The book of Mark 6:30-37 draws a picture of a very bad situation, which over 5,000 hungry people found themselves in, but Mark 6:38-44 teaches us that we all need to fix our eyes on JESUS to supply all of our needs even if it seems like there is no hope (Phil 4:19). If we are too focused on what disappoints us we leave little to no energy and time to focus on the solution (CHRIST). If we are too focused on who we are not, what we don't have or can't do, and where we aren't in life, we will forget or become blind to who we are in CHRIST (Colossians 2:10), what we have (Acts 1:8) or can do through CHRIST (Phil 4:13), and where we truly are with CHRIST (1 Peter 2:9).
Oftentimes, acknowledging God throughout the day reminds me that I am not the smartest, strongest, richest, or greatest man on earth, but God still has me exactly where He wants me. "Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing (Ephesians 2:7-10)(MSG)."
Don't be too busy counting somebody else's blessings and/or shortcomings that you lose sight of your own. And don't be trying to live someone else's dreams that you lose sight and grip of your own potential. Focus more on what God has for you instead of on what others have or what others do and don't do. As you take small steps towards that big thing, trust that God'll bring it all together (Phil 1:6). It might look like its over for you but if God is first and is for you, nothing can stop you or defeat you. If you fall into disappointment today, remember these tips and get back up:
- You'll never know what a person had to go through or is going through to have what they have. "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Cor 10:13)."
- Just because you chase the greener grass on the other side does not mean water, fertilizer, or light comes with it. In other words, you may chase people and things yet find no God, but you can chase God and He always know how to get the right people and resources to you; "...for God is greater than our heart and knows all things (1 John 3:20)."
- Focusing on what disappointed you, who disappointed you, and how/why the disappointment occurred won't help solve your disappointment. I learned that I am most effective when I focus on the solution to overcoming my disappointment, JESUS (Matt 6:33)!
God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is not a poor God, He is a God of plenty. His resources are limitless which means there is more than enough to go around for everybody! Remember, God has a unique plan for your life and He will prepare you for everything He has for you in His own way and on His own time. The same authority and power God decided to share with Jesus works the same way for anybody else who believes (John 7:38). Also, never forget that emotions aren't facts. It might feel like your life is over because people are looking you over and screwing you over, but that doesn't mean that God will; Instead God wants to live in you to help you keep your emotions and sinful nature under control.
I pray for us all to allow the Lord to help us trust His way more than our own, adjust our perspective to His will, and to be more grateful for what we have. Furthermore, I pray that we all allow the Lord to rescue us from every evil work, lead us to a greater lifestyle, and bring us safely to His heavenly kingdom. Amen.
- "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that (1 Timothy 6:6-8)."
- "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1)."
- "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28)."
God Bless You!