Transformation Tips

Delbert W. Baker

is vice-chancellor of the Adventist University of Africa near Nairobi, Kenya.

Dealing With Disappointment

Disappointment. Nobody likes it; but everybody experiences it.

We’ve all had those dreams and desires that, as we’ve matured, we’ve had to readjust and slide into our mental background. They didn’t fit with reality, so we just smiled at them and moved on.

However, some disappointments are not so easy to deal with. Our relationships, children, marriage, careers, and health are areas in which dealing with disappointment isn’t quite so simple.

When we think about how to deal with disappointment, it’s helpful to define the word. The root of “disappointment” is “appoint,” meaning “to decide on or ordain.” Disappointment happens when we don’t …

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