Disappointment or Misplaced Affection?

When we feel overwhelmed with disappointment it often reveals something that has become too important.  It may be something as insignificant as the loss of a ball game.  When we find that those things have the power to determine who we are and what kind of day we have, it very well may be evidence that something is more important than it should be.  Of course some level of disappointment and frustration can be natural.  But if you find that you are excessively disappointed and frustration can be natural.  But if you find that you are excessively disappointed or over-frustrated it’s an indication of what might be competing  for affection that is to be Christ’s alone.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 62

The Cloak that Covers Transparency

Often our preoccupation with the three most basic human desires – security, pleasure and power – is the cloak that covers transparency.  The endless struggle for enough money, good feelings, and prestige yields a rich harvest of worry, frustration, suspicion, anger, jealousy, anxiety, fear and resentment.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 38