Dealing with Disappointment

I’ve learned that there’s two types of people.  There are victims and there are survivors.  We all go through many discouraging, disappointing things in life, no one is immune.

We don’t always choose what happens to us, but as the late, great, holocaust survivor, Dr. Viktor Frankl said, “they can never take away my ability to choose how I will react to what happens to me.”

When going through disappointments and discouraging, trying situations, instead of asking, “why me?” try asking, “why not me?” The take-away is this: you can try to find the lesson in each of your challenging times, even if you don’t enjoy it at the time.

Every day we face storms and trials of some kind and in those times, we can choose to be a victim or a survivor.  One choice leads to life and vitality and the other leads to misery and a slow death of who God made you to be.

In Ecclesiastes 3, in the Old Testament in the Bible we read, “to everything there is a season, and a purpose to everything under heaven.” Once we grasp this idea that everything happens for a reason, and in a season, we can look to moving forward.  Nothing ever stays the same, especially not our troubles.

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