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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Dignity During Disappointment

Psalm 31: 1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. graphic from art.com

Who among us has never faced disappointment? I am pretty sure that almost everyone that is able to read this has been disappointed sometime in your lifetime. How did you deal with or accept your disappointment? Did you cry, whine, pout, blame, point fingers, stereotype, or worse throw a tantrum?

Webster's defines disappoint as: to fail to meet the expectation or hope of. And yep, that is exactly what it is, but how is it supposed to feel? More importantly how are we supposed to react when we are disappointed? I ask because lately I have been studying my 6year old. She is a perfectionist in the making, and her tolerance for disappointment is very low. She sighs heavily, throws up and drops her hands and arms in disgust, and just pitches an all out fit sometimes. It doesn't matter if its as little as she can't line up all of her letters evenly or as big as punishment she gets mad and just does not like to be disappointed. So I got to thinking and I thought about the post I wrote, "You are What You Eat" and although she is a child and this is what children do, what may be the type of examples I may have or still may show her when I am faced with disappointment? I had to admit, I have not always maintained dignity. Why dignity? Well the verse above states "let me never be ashamed" and the definition of dignity is the very opposite of being ashamed.

A godly woman who has dignity according to Webster carries the following traits, she is the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed and she maintains a formal reserve or seriousness of manner, appearance, or language, which is how he has called us to be according to his word. Certainly she will not behave ashamedly when disappointment arises. She will remain calm and she will handle her disappointment in a way that is pleasing to God. I say Lord Help me! There will be times when we will be disappointed, but we must trust in the still small voice of God and like I said yesterday when we pray with the mindset of him answering according to his will, our disappointment will not be as hard, or very well be non-existent. I found that we are only disappointed when things don't happen the way we want them to happen and we should want things to be according to his will.

Why is this so important, well as godly women we must exercise dignity during our disappointment because we don't want to raise a generation of children who murmer and complain at the blessings of God's will. We want to raise a generation of children who remain calm in God's will, understanding that God's will is a blessing because he is preventing us from making a complete mess or shipwreck of a situation even when we can't comprehend that we will do so. I thank him for my disappointments because I know that they are mine and not his. My only goal is not to be a disappointment to God and others and to teach my daughters the same. Be blessed and stay encouraged-smfg.