It’s been an interesting few days at the Putman household. First, I had disappointing news, then my eldest had a disappointing gymnastics meet.
Disappointment is terrible. Especially when you’ve worked as hard as you know how to work and hear that your efforts aren’t quite there. They don’t reach the level needed. Yet there’s no clear direction on how to improve.
I cried out to God that I would do the work, I just don’t know what that work is. For my daughter she can’t feel the pike on her vault. How can you fix something you can’t feel?
I’m such a doer. I want the four step plan, so we can take action, do something to move closer to the goal. Yet I get the sense that’s not really an option this go around. I’m trying to pray. To circle the dreams with prayer and praise as Mark Batterson puts it in his new book The Circle Maker. I appreciate how God prepared me to handle these disappointments by reading this book and other things.
Here’s what I know. Disappointment can push me to work harder, to go deeper as I chase my dreams. Disappointment can also push me away from my dreams. It’s a choice I make. What about you? What happens when you face disappointment? Do you have strategies for handling it?