Whew! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to really just sit down and write, it seems like there is always something to do.
While I was packing orders I had the opportunity to watch the movies ‘Creed I & II’. I know that I am late to the party but the movies were soooo good. I have watched them over and over because they were just so inspiring and I love movies that make you feel something.
I really connected with them because sometimes those orders made me feel like I was in a fight myself. If you’ve ever heard of the books called ‘GodWinks‘ then I feel like watching this movie at this time was totally a godwink moment. A godwink is a coincidence that you feel has a divine connection, imagine that something happens and you look up and God winks at you. I’ve learned that if you look for God in everything you will certainly find him.
One line has stayed with me since watching those movies and that’s what I want to write about today.
What if it ain’t ok? How are you going to handle it?–Rocky
This was the scene where Adonis finds out that his newborn daughter is potentially deaf. Adonis is doing everything he can to stay positive and anticipate HIS desired outcome.
Did you read that? Go back and read it again…
He’s waiting for the outcome THAT HE DESIRES.
But what if our version of ‘ok’ never happens? How are you going handle it?
I can be honest and say there are a lot of times where I was in the same place as Adonis, anticipating my desired outcome. I was doing everything I could to make ‘My OK’ happen. Then there comes the heart breaking moment of realizing that your version of ”ok” may never happen.
There is a saying that goes ‘It’ll be ok in the end. If it ain’t ok then it’s not the end.’ I think that saying is true… Time equals hope. Time to change things OR time to accept the way things have changed.
How do you handle your disappointment when things don’t go your way? I’m not a person that will ever tell you what TO DO but I will tell you what I DO. I take a step back and ask myself was what I wanted really the best thing for me. I also ask myself can I be happy with a different outcome. The answer to the last question is always yes.
There are a few things I have learned that I want to share with you. These principles have helped me in more ways than I can count and I think they could help you too.
I’m never afraid to let God interrupt my plans.
I know that the life he has designed for me is far greater than anything I can imagine. Even when it doesn’t feel good it can all work out for my good. God can use even our worst moments of our story for his glory. The times that I have been frustrated the most have been when I was trying to be in control the most. My greatest disappointments came from the moments I had already envisioned working out a certain way. Some of my best days came from letting go of that same control.
I give myself permission to be happy with a different outcome.
I know this may sound silly but sometimes we can be so hung up on things working one way that we don’t even give a different outcome a chance. Happiness is how something makes us feel and Joy is how we choose to feel. Joy is available at any time, you can always choose it. As easily as you choose a shirt to put on your body you can choose joy to carry with you all day.
I remember God’s Promises
These are a few of the scriptures that I rely on when I need to be encouraged.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” –Isaiah 43:2
“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28
These are truths that I cling to daily.
Disappointment is a part of life but it doesn’t have to consume you. You don’t have to fear a bad outcome because you know that it has a purpose.