Image-Reflecting: Dealing with disappointment
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Disappointment is a reality of life. We can be disappointed in ourselves, in our family members, in our friends. We can be disappointed in the outcome of our plans and our work. We can even be disappointed in God. In this episode Liz's disappointment seems a little trivial-who cares that the movie wasn't what he'd hoped for, at least it was a hit. But maybe Liz's disappointment was more because the success of the movie didn't shine on him, it didn't make him look like a star.
Is this desire for recognition something that is at the bottom of many of our disappointments? This is something we should think about when we are disappointed. We should ask ourselves: Why am I disappointed? Did I hope for something for myself? Letting the credit go to someone else isn't easy. The Bible tells us that all we do should be for the glory of God. Or, as John the Baptist put it "He must become greater; I must become less" (John 3:30). (See also Matthew 5:16.)
But there are disappointments in life that have no easy answers. The hardest disappointments we have are when our life doesn't turn out the way we'd hoped, or when something tragic happens to us or to someone we love. We can be disappointed in God and wonder why God allowed it to happen. Feeling this way and talking to God about it is not wrong. We find disappointment with God expressed in the Bible often (especially in the Psalms). However, disappointment with God is different than the other disappointments we experience because in the end our disappointment becomes praise as we put our hope and trust in him. (See John 9:3, Psalm 22:5.)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. How does Liz get a video camera?
A. It is a birthday gift from his parents.
Q. What does Liz name the hero of his movie?
A. Illinois Smith.
Q. Why is Morrie so funny in the movie?
A. Because he is sneezing and has a stuffed up nose.
Q. Why is Liz so angry at Morrie?
A. Because the movie becomes a hit, not because of Liz's brilliance but because of Morrie's bloopers.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.