What do you do when disappointment comes? When it weighs on you like a rock, you can either let it press you down until you become discouraged, even devastated, or you can use it as a stepping-stone to better things. – Joyce Meyer
Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that a person feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while a person feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself. It is a source of psychological stress.
When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement. We can decide to either let disappointments propel us forward or derail us. It is the plan and the work of the enemy to try and make us miserable or disappoint us. It is Gods’ plan to bless and prosperous us, to make us successful and give us hope and a future.
Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that he is sufficient for all of our needs. When we accept this as an absolute truth in our life, we find that our worrying will stop.
Don’t let your discouragement keep you from doing what you know you have to do. If you can’t keep your big promises, keep your small ones. Just take the next step in front of you. Better to do a little than to sit around dreaming about doing a lot. Lay your disappointments at the foot of the cross. Let Jesus have them. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.
1 Peter 5:10–11
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and forever. Amen.