Invest Your Disappointment
Sometimes our hopes are shattered and expectations fail to be realized. This can lead to disillusionment and discouragement. In extreme circumstances it may even result in a collapse of faith. We cannot avoid disappointment - but how do we avoid...
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Sometimes our hopes are shattered and expectations fail to be realized. This can lead to disillusionment and discouragement. In extreme circumstances it may even result in a collapse of faith. We cannot avoid disappointment - but how do we avoid being paralyzed by it? What causes it and what important lessons can we learn from it? The Bible never brushes our feelings under the carpet, and neither should we.Disappointment can be extremely painful, but it can also become a source of personal growth and a spur to maturity. The author addresses the subject with honesty, humanity and humour drawing from his 30 years of Bible teaching and pastoral insights. Each chapter contains Mallard's unique blend of anecdotes, Bible exposition and practical advice, and concludes with helpful questions for discussion. If God folds disappointment into the texture of our lives, it is for a purpose. Understanding ourselves and the causes of our disappointments will give us perspective and courage. Grasping something of God's purpose will give us patience and hope. We can invest our disappointments in a healthy way so that they bear lasting fruit.
Paul Mallard is pastor of Widcombe Baptist Church in Bath, UK. He has helped to train a new generation of church workers, in addition to speaking at national events and serving as President of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. He has authored Invest Your Suffering and Staying Fresh, and Invest Your Disappointments.
- Preface: Carrying The Tears Inside - Biographical1 Living Outside The Garden - Early Chapters Of Genesis2 Disappointed With Life - Dealing With Negative Thoughts3 Seeing God's Hand In All Things - Regaining Focus4 Disappointed With Relationships5 Loving Difficult People - Seeing Church As A Family; Knowing That We Are Loved6 Disappointed With Church - Good And Bad Anger7 Loving What God Loves - Offering Forgiveness8 Disappointed With Ourselves - Failure; David And Bathsheba9 Walking In Forgiveness And Grace10 Disappointed With God - Is Doubt Wrong?11 Knowing God Better - In The Shadow Of The Cross; Following Jesus12 The Power Of Hope - How It Should Shape Us Now