Romantic Notions (Part 3) – Dealing with Disapointment

“Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not shared in their work.” Acts 15:38

There have been times where I wanted to quit, and even tried to. I frequently thought:”This isn’t what I signed up for” “This isn’t what I thought it was going to be like”. Motivation left me.

When it came down to it, my expectations of what something was like and the reality of what is actually is were two different things. I think this is what happened to Mark when he left Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:26-38). He saw everything Paul was doing and got excited about it. Preaching, writing, and traveling in ministry, it wouldn’t get any better than that right?

Then he got into it, started getting stoned, persecuted, having sleepless nights, and the reality of what it was like sunk in and he had enough. When his romantic notions went away, he quit. It got to the point where Paul wouldn’t even take him along on his journey (Acts 15:36-38).

II Timothy 4:11 shows us that at some point, Paul changed his mind about Mark. He said it’d be profitable to take Mark with them. Something changed from the day Mark left in Acts, to this point. I think Mark grew up. I think he forgot about his romantic notions and went after everything God had for him regardless of how hard it was. As a result, he was profitable to Paul’s ministry and he ended up doing everything God called him to do.

When you find your romantic notions bringing disappointment, recognize that it’s time to grow up. No matter what job you have, it’s still a job. There will always be things you don’t want to do, but have to. Times you don’t want to do things, but have to. Do it, don’t quit, don’t look back, and watch as God brings you into some amazing things because you forgot about your romantic notions.

I’ll leave you with this excerpt from an article in a medical magazine:

“We hear it almost every day . . . sigh . . . sigh . . . sigh. “I just can’t get myself motivated to lose weight, test my blood sugar, etc.” And we hear an equal number of sighs from diabetes educators who can’t get their patients motivated to do the right things for their diabetes and health.

We have news for you. Motivation is not going to strike you like lightening. And motivation is not something that someone else – nurse, doctor, family member – can bestow or force on you. The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”

How do you get through disappointment? Just start doing what God’s put in your heart and choose to never quit.

Thoughts?

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