When was the last time you were disappointed about something?
Was it about something minor, like a purchase you made that didn’t work out like you had hoped or a meal you ordered that didn’t taste as delicious as you had expected?
Or were you disappointed about something more major, like a relationship with a friend or family member, a doctor’s report, or something that happened at work or in your business?
Here’s the thing, friend: we’ve all been there. We all know what disappointment feels like.
No one gets through life without facing disappointment on some level.
It’s How You Handle It That Makes All the Difference
Disappointment is defined as the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.
We all face disappointments, but it’s how you handle disappointments that will determine if you’ll be stuck or if you’ll live the great life God has planned for you.
How Will YOU Handle It?
You’ve probably heard of Milton Hershey, or at least the company he founded—Hershey Company. But did you know that, before that, Milton Hershey was fired from an apprenticeship?
Did you know that he started THREE separate candy-related ventures before the Hershey Company, and they all failed?
How about Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Corporation? Did you know that five of his eight siblings died in childhood, or that he dropped out of school at age 15 to become a mechanic, but ended up just being a babysitter?
Did you know his factory was destroyed THREE times—twice by bombs and once by an earthquake?
I’m sure you’ve heard of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. But did you know that she was jobless, divorced, and broke before she wrote the Harry Potter series? Did you know twelve publishing houses rejected her first book?
I’m positive you’ve heard of Walt Disney. He’s a person I like to reference often. Why? Because he faced years of criticism, failure, and disappointments.
If you don’t know, he was fired from a newspaper for “not being creative enough”—Walt Disney! He was rejected more than 300 times by bankers who thought his ideas were ridiculous.
Time and time again Walt faced disappointment.
All four of these people have incredible stories.
But why did I want you to know about them specifically?
Because, just like you and me, they faced disappointments. Some of those disappointments even had dream-crushing, life-ruining potential.
But disappointment wasn’t the end for any of them.
In fact, Walt Disney said,
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me … You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
No matter what you’ve faced, or are facing, disappointment doesn’t have to be the end for you either.
God knows where you are and where you’re headed.
We Were Broke
When we first moved to Ohio, we were broke. We were just starting to truly learn about the Kingdom of God.
You may know our story, but Drenda and I lived hand-to-mouth for years. We lived in poverty.
For nine very long years, we were in financial chaos. Not only did we owe on our falling-apart farmhouse that had weeds growing through its windows and on two rusted-out, bent up, high mileage cars, we also had ten maxed out credit cards, three finance company loans at interest rates of 28%, more than $13,000 owed in back taxes, more than $26,000 owed to relatives, and judgments and liens filed against us.
We had a friend of the family call us for investment help (yes, ironically I was broke and working in the financial services industry). He had inherited more than $500,000 and wanted assistance on where and how to invest it. I was happy to help, and thrilled because Drenda and I desperately needed the commission from the case to make ends meet.
So I spent hours with the client, hours researching and preparing plan options for him, and hours laying out the strategy that would best help him.
Hours upon hours.
Do you see where this is going?
I presented the options to him, and told him I could help him get everything set up if he wanted to move forward. He called me a week later and told me he took my strategy to his local bank and they followed it exactly, investing his money precisely as I had instructed.
In other words, I didn’t receive a penny because his bank received the commission check on my work.
I was devastated.
But it’s how we handle disappointments that will determine if we’ll be stuck or if we’ll live the great lives God has planned for us.
Disappointments can slow you down. They’ll try to tell you, You’ll never have another opportunity like that.
Disappointments can lead to discouragement, depression, and hopelessness.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Disappointments will come, friend, but there’s always a tomorrow.
Years ago, I knew a family who hit a deer and totaled one of their two cars. Then, two weeks later, the engine blew in their second car. That’s not a good place to be, right?
But this family didn’t get stuck on disappointment. Instead, they decided they were going to believe God and not use debt to replace those vehicles.
The day before their rental car had to be turned in, they got a phone call from a friend who didn’t know what had happened. That friend wanted to know if they knew of anyone who needed a car. When they explained what had happened to them, the friend gave them the car.
That encouraged them, so they decided to believe God for a van that would fit their entire family. They really wanted a Honda Odyssey, so they came into agreement as a family and released their faith for it.
A few weeks after that, we stopped by their house, and on their refrigerator was a big picture of a Honda Odyssey. Each time they opened the refrigerator, they would lay their hands on that picture and thank God for that van.
About a week later, my secretary called me and said, “We had an unusual call this morning. Someone called and said they want to give the church a van.” Of course, she didn’t know what this family was believing God for, so I asked her, “What kind of van is it?”
And, you can guess the rest of the story. That van was actually in really good condition.
When Drenda called the woman to share the news, she first asked her how they were doing with the car situation. The woman said, “We’re one day closer.”
That family knew that how they handled the disappointments they were facing would determine if they’d be stuck or if they’d live the great life God had planned for them. And they decided to believe God.
Now, I don’t believe that Honda Odyssey showing up was a coincidence. I know better. I’ve experienced the promises of God over and over again, and I’ve heard too many stories of the Kingdom operating in other people’s lives.
It’s critical that you learn how the Kingdom of God operates in order to move forward when you face disappointment.
There is SO MUCH MORE I want to share with you about this to help you and bless your life, SO MUCH MORE about facing disappointments and about how to move forward and live the great life God has planned for you.
As a friend of Faith Life Now, Drenda and I want to help you.
That’s why we’ve put together a BRAND-NEW, POWERFUL mentorship package for you this month. It’s designed to help you MOVE PAST disappointments and FORWARD into the incredible future God has planned for you.