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What the too-often hurt person who resigns to the lesser life does not perceive is that they live one continuous disappointed life in place of those momentary disappointments that they are afraid will happen in the future. It’s like saying that I don’t want to experience hurt in a relationship; I will live an isolated life. I will accept the incarcerated life of isolation over the potential of momentary relational hurt.
Thus, we’re back at our question: how can you vet something with 100% certainty that we won’t be disappointed. The answer is straightforward: you can’t. But the answer is more profound than that; it’s the wrong question. Common sense should already have answered that question for us; bad things happen to everyone. You cannot move through life in a disappointment-free way. We must think more deeply, with sovereignty in view.
My first pastor recommended that I go to a fundamentalist Bible college. Based on his recommendation, I attended this college and gained two degrees. Would I recommend this college to anyone? Absolutely not! But the more significant question is, what can I learn from a disappointing recommendation?
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Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).