Disappointment – the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. We have all been there; things don’t turn out like we expect them to. The disciples of Jesus Christ were not exempt from disappointment. In Luke 24, we read the story of two disciples just following Christ’s crucifixion. They expected Jesus to be their deliverer. Listen to the discouragement in their voices; verse 21 “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.”
There is no way to avoid disappointment, it is the reality of life. Yet, I see parents trying their best to keep their children from it. They give them just about everything they want. But they are only delaying the fact of what we all must face. It is better to teach them how to handle disappointment at an early age; not how to avoid it.
You only fail when you don’t try again. You’re not disappointed in what it is. You’re disappointed in what you thought it would be.