Dealing with Loss & Disappointment at Work

by | Jun 29, 2017

So you didn’t get that promotion you were hoping for. That pitch you’ve been working on for months … you didn’t win it. And that raise your boss promised you … it never came. We’ve all experienced loss and disappointment in some form or another at work. Every time we do, we have a big decision to make: will we allow bitterness, shame, or offense to have their way in our hearts or will we trust God’s goodness in the midst of disappointment and praise Him? Wait, what?! PRAISE HIM in the midst of disappointment? Yes, praise Him.

Many of us have erroneously believed that praising God is only a response we give when we are joyful or when things are going great. But the reality is that the Bible urges us to praise God IN EVERYTHING.

1 Samuel 1 tells the story of Hannah, a woman who was experiencing disappointment in childbearing. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, she also had a rival: Peninnah. Verse 6 says she [Peninnah] “would provoke her [Hannah] bitterly to irritate her.” Sound familiar? Have you ever had a coworker irritate you or mock you in the very area you haven’t yet experienced a breakthrough? Maybe they got promoted and you didn’t, or they got selected to work on a high-profile project and you didn’t. To make matters worse, when Hannah pours her heart out and cries out to the Lord, Eli (the priest) accuses her of being drunk (v.14). So now you have an innocent woman who is dealing with disappointment, is being taunted by her peers, and gets falsely accused by her authorities. Talk about getting attacked on every front!

I don’t know your story, but maybe you’re going through a season where you feel like you can’t take it anymore. You’ve been waiting long enough and have yet to see your breakthrough, or perhaps after working hard for years to get what you had, you lost it all. Let me encourage you with Hannah’s response in the midst of all of this: she “got up early the next morning and went to worship the Lord once more.” (1 Samuel 1:19) Wow! Instead of getting offended, throwing herself a pity party, or getting angry at the Lord, she WORSHIPPED Him! The next few verses give me so much hope because they reveal that the Lord remembered Hannah and “in due time, she gave birth to a son”! #victorycomesinduetime

Here are a few key things to remember if you’re going through loss or disappointment in your life:

  1. Remember, you are not alone. If you are a child of God, the Bible says the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). It’s in those times when we feel forgotten or left out that we must remind ourselves of God’s immovable and unchanging Truth. He is for you, not against you, and He is with you.
  2. Don’t allow yourself to question God’s goodness. We cannot base our view of God on what hasn’t happened. The only way we will remain in the Truth is if we keep reminding ourselves of His goodness no matter what. Remember, loss is temporary and this too shall pass.
  3. Speak His Word over your situation. Declare the greatness of God over every situation you’re walking through and praise Him in the midst of your pain. Write down and speak God’s promises over your life!
  4. In everything, praise God! Don’t withdraw from Him, but worship Him even more! It’s no lie that we become what we behold, so the more we behold Jesus, the more we will strengthen our spirit with His truth and be able to overcome disappointment.

Loss and disappointment are a part of every workplace. When we choose to praise God in the midst of disappointment at work, we shut the door to offense and bitterness and open it to His power to have its way in our situation.

Make your work matter,

Mariali Paz De León

Director of Marketing & Events