Friday, December 9, 2016

Divine Disappointment

A dear friend asked me, “Is God disappointed in me?” He answered his own query by saying (basically): I don’t think so, but how can I know?

Below is my response.

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Is God disappointed in you?

I think you're right to think He isn't.

Disappointment comes when reality fails to meet expectations—you expect to open a box of St. Louis Cardinals season tickets but in reality open a box of Arizona Cardinals trading cards. Disappointment.

I doubt that God gets disappointed like this—at least not often.

I think we begin to ponder God's being disappointed with us when we are in fact disappointed with ourselves. The perceived reality of our lives is not what we expected. Hence the disappointment is ours not His.

It is here, in the throes of disappointment, that we can begin learning to receive all of our identity, self-worth, and value from Jesus. Rather than getting these things from what we think we are doing (which is where we are conditioned to get such things), we begin to understand and love ourselves and others based upon what He did and does for us and within us.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ~Galatians 2:20

True spiritual progress (accompanied by love, joy, and peace) comes to the one who centers upon Jesus Christ, not the self. This is undoubtedly something that most of us can only begin to do and only accomplish in fits and starts. 

It's a long journey but we've a long time—an eternity—to enjoy it.

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