There are many with broken dreams who carry the heartache of disappointment – it could simply be a new car gets mangled or it could be cherished dreams wrecked and destined for the scrap heap. Such emotions are common to all of us but it is perhaps this younger generation that feels it most keenly. Consequences of credit crunch and austerity have led to weighty student loans, unattainable home ownership, uncertain pension prospects and feelings that they have been let down.
From birth, all sense an appointment with entitlement – when this is removed through life circumstances, it is then that sinister disappointment can creep upon a person to bring ruin and despair. Many and various are the causes that bring disappointment and it isn’t just the young who bear them. Escapism is often a response to disappointment - drink, drugs and short cuts to comfort to numb the pain – but these only provide a temporary mask before the inevitable emotional hangover and the cycle starts again.
Frank Sinatra crooned about his regrets as he ‘did it his way’ and people sometimes choose to let him share this depression at their cremation – what is really needed is a fresh appointment with hope. Here are two insights:
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope’ – Martin Luther King
‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life’ – Proverbs 13:12
Disappointed with yourself or others? Seek a new appointment with hope that can heal your heart and fulfil your longings. Jesus invites us to give him our disappointments and let him bring you life to the full – this is the infinite hope that he gives to all who ask, ‘Christ in you the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27)
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