Renovation is on my mind. (Or is it remodel? Perhaps it’s a combination of both – either way it’s pricey.) It all started this morning at 8:30 a.m. The kitchen is being gutted… no cabinets or dish washer… no running water. We are going old-school for the next 6 weeks – hand washing and drying the dishes. I bet lots of you remember the sheer joy of hand washing your dirty dishes together – sharing all those feelings. It brings back delightful memories. Truthfully, I’m starting out this project with an optimistic attitude but I know 6 weeks will probably be more like 8-10 weeks. However, I need to start with a strong sense of expectancy. Now, off to my thinking chair.

My questions are simple. What happens when I become disappointed? Do I deal with disappointment in healthy ways? What I know is that to manage disappointment, I need to differentiate between situations that fall within my control and factors that are beyond it. Being able to recognize the difference helps me deal with my frustrations more appropriately. Because I do get frustrated (which then turns into anger very quickly) when I’m disappointed.

When I catch myself thinking and being negative, I try to redirect my energy and focus on positive solutions. I know that holding onto disappointment is detrimental to my head and heart. I was reminded “disappointment is not meant to destroy us. If taken in stride, it can strengthen us and make us better. In spite of its devastating emotional impact, we may even consider encounters with disappointment as journeys toward greater insight and wisdom.”

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:28
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you deal with disappointment?
How is disappointment detrimental in your daily life?
How is God working “good” in you?

Prayer: Holy God, today I will strive to let go of any disappointment causing me frustration and anger. Do your work in me and let goodness follow me. Amen.