The word “diss” is used today to show disrespect for or “affront”; “to disparage; belittle”; and/or to “insult or disparage...” someone. Urban Dictionary.com says “dissed” is: “dissing” someone is to show disrespect to them. Word use today includes: “Yo, back off. Don't dis' my peeps.” Which I can easily see some family members saying with ease! (Yo, yo!!, Ya knows who’s you is!!!...:-).
So why is dis-appointment one of my favorite Words of Faith? Because it happens with God’s People and amongst God’s People with regularity ... regrettably.
In multiple conversations with couples whom we dearly love, who themselves have a superb Heart for the Lord Jesus Christ and really take their marriages and marriages of others seriously, who have been Called to exercise their Faith for marriages, many times have themselves been “dissed” by other Believers, sometimes their Churches, the Staffs they serve, and in some cases by their very own mentees or other mentors. Unfortunately, when we get waist-deep in efforts for the cause of Christian marriages we find out just what “the others are made of” and on occasion what we see is not as good as what we had hoped.
God’s Word speaks to that... For us as Believers scriptures specifically address “diss” ... (sorry, I couldn’t resist...:-).
- James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
- John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Even Jesus seems to imply in the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1 – 9 that a return of 25% on 100% of effort is to be expected – not a good return even in baseball! Further down in the Parable of the WEEDS, Matthew 13.24, Jesus says that effort sown amongst weeds that may choke good seed - and retard good seed from growing - eventually brings a return worthy of cultivating – and retaining – by God.
Long before Jesus came to Earth the prophet Habakkuk 2:3 relates how the appointed time is sometimes a little slow in coming: “For the vision awaits its appointed time; It hastens toward the end - it will not lie. If it seems slow wait for it; for it will certainly come...”.
So this brings me back to disappointment being a favorite word of mine.
After the “dis” comes the “appointment” and I look at that as awaiting God’s true design for us after the initial venture forward. While it is true that I made up that definition, I use that as my own personal interpretation of what it is to me to be a Believer with Faith (Hebrews 11 anyone?). That’s the way I see it, an appointment is that effort which usually is preceding by something bad with a design thereafter that is incredibly good.
We don’t know nor can we see it beforehand the good. As a favorite pastor once said, “We don’t see the whole parade while standing on the sidewalk watching it go by only one float at a time.”
For your own walk with Christ, don’t delay. But don’t be surprised if a “diss” precedes the Appointment. In my own walk (or stumble!, quite honestly) , I can say that I marvel at how wonderful that Appointment truly is.
So my last question and final thought is, “what is your next Appointment?"