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Life after Disappointments

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Before you plan your next health goal, business goal or annual goal, consider closure.

What do I mean?

Let’s look at closure beyond its conventional definition that usually involves relationships. Although relationships are significant, unresolved circumstances or unmet expectations can affect our mindset and personal productivity. They need closure.

 

Reconcile Your Emotional Bank

Unresolved circumstances and unmet expectations can be emotionally draining. Family and friends can make positive deposits into your emotional bank, but if harmful withdrawals aren’t resolved, you can find yourself emotionally bankrupt.

Perhaps you didn’t lose twenty pounds, or you haven’t landed that dream job. Maybe you haven’t obtained financial security or bought that new house. So what?

You are becoming the person God has purposed. Faith, perseverance, and patience are values you can deposit into your emotional bank.

 

Don’t Heap; Reap!

Before you heap new resolutions upon yourself, reap from the character you’ve developed. You may feel flawed or fear judgment, but the irony is that judgment is seldom from others and often from within.

Emotional exposure can bring closure. Someone once said, “you need to feel to heal.” Look back, reconcile those unmet expectations, and find closure. Give yourself permission to move on.

 

Closure Process

Here are a few thoughts and scriptures to help you address the past and bring closure to disappointments.

 

Permission to Grieve

No matters how small or large, if you experienced disappointment, grieve the loss. Acknowledge your feelings and embrace a new beginning with God.

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life,” Psalm 119.50 (New International Version).

 

Hidden Lessons

If you look hard enough, you can usually find a timeless truth obscured by disappointment. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find the unexpected spiritual gems.

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes,” Psalm 19:8 (NIV).

 

Archive the Past

Be intentional about recognizing unhealthy thoughts that can bankrupt your emotional bank.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past,” Isaiah 43:18 (NIV).

 

Clarify Your Focus

God will help you find clarity with a healthier perspective on the past.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” Colossians 3:2 (NIV).

 

Resolution Leads to Solution

Put it all together. Closure creates space to follow God with boldness and grace.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV).

 

Life After Disappointments

Don’t allow unresolved circumstances or unmet expectations affect your mindset or personal productivity. God governs our past, present, and future. God deposits unlimited spiritual treasures into our emotional bank. Keep them in the vault of your heart where no man or circumstance can ever steal its beauty.

 

Enjoy a very “Happy New Year.”

Blessings!

Marisa Shadrick

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Resources

The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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