Let’s Talk About Disappointment

LET’S TALK ALL KIDS: Staying at home during this COVID-19 epidemic can be a hard job! You might be missing your friends at school. Maybe your friend had to postpone their birthday party. Maybe you had a performance or recital coming up that are canceled or postponed leaving you feeling very disappointed. First, you should know that your feelings are totally normal. Everyone gets disappointed. It’s hard to re-adjust our expectations, especially when we were looking forward to something or worked hard towards a goal. Are you disappointed about anything?

ALL KIDS: Did you know that when Jesus was here on earth He felt a LOT of feelings? Feelings are part of us. John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” He was sad about the loss of a friend and he cried. Sometimes we cry when we have a lot of feelings, and that is OK.

FOR OLDER KIDS: Let’s look at another time Jesus expressed His feelings. Let’s Read Matthew 26:36-39: “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’” Jesus felt a lot of emotions! What did he do when he felt all those feelings? He talked to God the Father about them. He prayed! Read the last sentence of the scripture above again, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus knew that no matter how He felt, God was in control and God knew what was best. Jesus trusted God the Father. Jesus submitted his feelings to God the Father.

ALL KIDS: When we feel sad or disappointed we can talk to God and tell Him how we are feeling too. Is there anything you want to pray (talk to God) about? After we talk to God about our feelings or disappointments we need to move toward submitting those feelings to God. What does that mean?! Sometimes submitting our feelings to God means we choose to think about all the good things in our lives and not get stuck thinking about the disappointing things. Make a list of all the good things in your life that you can think about. Sometimes it’s hard to move past our feelings, even after we talk to God and focus on all the good things in our lives. When this happens I turn to worship songs. If you find yourself in this same place, I encourage you to turn to your favorite worship song. See our dance party devotional for some recommendations!

LET’S PRAY Dear God, I am disappointed about _______________ but I trust that you are in control. Thank you for caring about how I feel. Please help me not to feel so disappointed. Help me focus on all the good things in my life. Thank you for taking care of me and loving me. Amen.

LET’S CONNECT Many events have been canceled in order to consider the greater good and health of our community. If you were meant to perform in your school or community musical, dance or other musical recital and it was canceled please post yourself singing, dancing, etc. and tag me on Facebook or Instagram @GRACECHAPELMASON! I want to be your audience! I can’t wait to see all your wonderful accomplishments!