Disappointment can actually be a gift.
When my daughter Ashley tried out for her middle school’s musical several years ago, she flitted around the house singing for days. But the singing and dancing abruptly stopped when she found out she hadn’t gotten the part.
Instead, the teacher asked her to be the student director. Ashley was hesitant to accept at first — there would be no audience applause for her performance … just hours and hours of behind-the-scenes work.
But when she finally decided to embrace the opportunity, she discovered leadership skills she never knew she had. And in the end, she beamed when she told me that she wouldn’t want any other role than the one she’d been given. She loved being the student director.
What once seemed like a huge disappointment became a divine appointment instead.
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