The dictionary defines disappointment as the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest themselves.
And the fact is that disappointment is inevitable in church planting. People will let you down. You will let down people. Things will get screwed up. Plans will go awry.
So how do you deal with disappointment? Do you take it out on the people around you? Do you withdraw? Do you let your responsibilities go? Do you let it consume you? All of these are negative responses.
The first question I ask myself when I am disappointed is: was my expectation of outcome realistic? If it wasn’t, there’s nothing to be disappointed about. But if the expected outcome was realistic then disappointment is a natural response. And I am learning that the only way for me to really deal with my disappointment is to give them to God in prayer.
What about you?