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mourning into dancing

Celebrating Disappointment

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You have turned for me my
mourning into dancing. —Psalm 30:11

After receiving his second
Academy Award, Denzel Washington said to his family, “I told you, if I lost
tonight, I’d come home and we’d celebrate. And if I won tonight, I’d come home
and we’d celebrate.” Denzel, a Christian, was trusting God, whether in blessing
or in disappointment.

A Christian couple I know
were inspired to follow Denzel’s example. The woman was applying for a dream
job that had just opened up where she worked. The interview went well, but she
knew she might not get the position. Her husband suggested, “Let’s make
reservations at our favorite restaurant this Friday to celebrate—no matter what
the outcome.”

Soon the news came that
someone else was offered the job. But that Friday the disappointed couple still
celebrated. While eating a delicious meal, they were able to count their
blessings and renew their faith in the God who holds tomorrow’s opportunities
in His hand.

When the psalmist counted
his blessings, he was lifted out of his despair and praised God, saying, “You
have turned for me my mourning into dancing” (Ps. 30:11).

Are you facing a situation
in which you could be disappointed? Why not set up a celebration to count your
blessings no matter what the outcome? —Dennis

Thank God in your
Celebrate His grace and love;
Know that He will never leave you
And will bless you from above. —D. De Haan

The pain of disappointment
is soothed by a heart of gratitude.

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