Connecting the Dots in an Unconnected World

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dealing with Disappointment

Disappointment comes to every life. How do we deal with it?

Don't ...
... give up. For some, the first reaction to a disappointment is to give up. Giving up can me identified by withdrawing from relationships and/or people. It can be identified by sleeping more than you normally sleep. It can be identified by a spirit of surrender to the cause of the disappointment, for instance, a lost job or a failed relationship.
... get mad. Sometimes disappointment causes us to become angry. Someone has taken advantage of us and others have deceived us.This causes us to lash out not only at the object of our anger but also at those who desire to assist us.
... gravitate to sin. When we are disappointed it is easy for Satan to entice us to sinful thoughts, desires and actions. Sin is the direct path to greater disappointment.
... gather excuses. Simply stated disappointment often leads to blaming someone or something else with your situation. Excuses become a weak crutch for our disappointment. A crutch that will soon collapse.

Do ...
... determine to change your circumstance. Get back in the game. Your disappointment will only be resolved as you find satisfaction and success in life. These things do not come looking for you, you must go looking for them.
... develop a positive attitude. Your attitude will impact every portion of your life; family, work, church, and even your relationship with Jesus. Attitude is the most important personal characteristic you have control over. Make up your mind that you are going to have a positive attitude.
... define your relationship with Jesus. Make sure that you have a right relationship with the Lord. Your life as a believer is wrapped up in your relationship with the Lord. If your relationship with Jesus is not right then the circumstances of your life will not be right.
... decide to take responsibility. Almost without exception you are where you are because of decisions that you have made in life. The blame game will not change your circumstance. Take personal responsibility for where you are and then take steps to move forward in life.
... define your life with gratitude. Be grateful to God for what you have and who you are. Life is not about where you failed or what you lost. God has given you more than circumstance has taken away. Be grateful for your salvation, your church and your loved ones. Look around you, there are people who are having a much more difficult time than you are having.

Recognize ...

.. that as a follower of Jesus Christ, this world is not your home. There is a coming day when you shall be at home with Jesus and all disappointments will be turned to eternal joy. Anticipate that day with a great expectation.

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Romans 1:16

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Life Changes in a Moment

Last May, one of our fine Deacons, James Jentgens passed out at home. James was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed as having two brain aneurysms. Because one of the two aneurysms had ruptured, James was taken to emergency surgery where they repaired the ruptured aneurysm. For the past, roughly three, months James has been recovering from that surgery and has done very well. Tomorrow morning James will have a second major surgery to repair the second aneurysm.

James is not only one of our Deacons; his wife Dorothy serves as my Ministry Assistant. Because of this I have opportunity to observe the manner with which they have dealt with this significant change in their lives. It has been a privilege to see the faith and hope with which they have approached these past months and the imminent surgery. I encourage you to pray for these faithful servants of our Savior as they face surgery and recovery.

For James and Dorothy life took an unexpected change. Life can and often does change in a moment. Are you ready for the changes?

The way to prepare for change is to know Jesus Christ as your Savior. I remember the evening that James gave his heart and life to Jesus. I shall rejoice for eternity because of that moment. The way to deal with change is to faithfully serve Him once you come to know Him. James and Dorothy have remained faithful in their service for our Savior. Last night Dorothy took her turn in our extended session preschool care and James was in prayer meeting nad Bible Study. The way to deal with life's changes is to trust Him who is the unchanging God. Are you ready for the changes?

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.          2 Cor 1:3-4
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