This life we live has a lot to offer – it also has its share of disappointments! In fact, if you look for them, you can find depressing signs all over the place! (Just this morning I helped with a family who is facing the depressing fact that aging is inevitable and unavoidable; that we all have to say “uncle” someday); believe me when I say we aren’t all ready!
So how, you may ask, do some roll with disappointments while others allow disappointments to rock their worlds? I believe it has a lot to do with where we’ve set our “affection” or our “hope.” God often brings to mind a little exchange I’ve heard about the first American Missionary:
When Adoniram Judson was lying in a jail in Burma with thirty-two pounds of chains on his ankles which were tied to a bamboo pole, another prisoner asked, “Dr. Judson, what about the prospect of the conversion of the heathen?”
Judson replied, “The prospects are just as bright as the promises of God.”
It REALLY isn’t about our circumstances; it really is about walking by Faith more than by sight! Something to think about as we send our kids back to school or a parents back to work…