Disappointment. It happens to all of us. We think something-a lesson, an event, a discussion- will turn out the way we want or expect. And for whatever reason, we’re wrong. Things turn out completely different and in, our minds, completely wrong. In these moments, it’s easy to blame others or to blame God or to start hating ourselves. We think we’re not good enough-unworthy and unimportant.

When you think about it, the reason for disappointment usually boils down to two causes: our expectations of what we think should happen and comparison to how things have happened for other people. Expectations and comparison are the hidden killers of joy and contentment.

And friend, we do this to ourselves. We set up these expectations and comparisons in our own minds. God is not responsible for making my own dreams come true. Rather, I am responsible for bringing my dreams before God and surrendering them. His vision and dreams are so much lovelier, grander, and holier than mine. Maybe He will give you what you want and maybe He won’t. Either way, what He gives you is exactly what you need. And it’s better than what you wanted in the first place.

Bring your expectations and comparisons before God today. Be honest with Him for He already knows your heart. Yet through the process of prayer, you can acknowledge your disappointment, let it go, and realize the beauty of dependence on an all-powerful and tenderly loving God. Cast your cares on Him for He care for you.

“Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” -1 Peter 5:5-8

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