Ephesians 4:22-24 - You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be make new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Disappointment. It’s here again. It may hurt when disappointment greets us at the door, but it doesn’t have to permanently live with us. It’s all about attitude. When we ask someone to do something for us and they back out or say “no”, we can let it simmer underneath the surface and act like it doesn’t bothers us when we know it does or we can examine the other person’s situation. Maybe they wanted to help us, but circumstances were such that they had to do something else. They may even feel badly about letting us down. But don’t close that person out of your life forever. We’ve all experienced both sides. When you let someone down did they show you grace? Then show them grace as well when they let you down. If we don’t, that disappointment will begin to eat away at your heart and your relationship with the other person. Be honest. Tell them it hurts that they can’t help, but then ask them if they know of someone who can. Maybe it will open the door to a new friendship. So keep that attitude in check. God will help us have the right attitude. It’s only in changing our attitude about a situation so we can truly see both sides of when someone can’t help us.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.