Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


August 27, 2012

A positive minute: Disappointed?

Greensburg — Who of us hasn't experienced the emotion of disappointment?

We all have.

It's a sad fact of life that people, systems, government, even inanimate objects will fail us and we begin to feel the onset of disappointment. So now that we realize this fact, the question is, how do we deal with it? How do you respond to disappointment? Do you find yourself getting angry? Emotional? Do the thoughts of, "I'll never trust that person again," erupt?

When God created humans, He built within us emotions. Some people are more emotional than others. What affects me may not necessarily affect my wife in the same way. Why is that? Because we are the products of two other human beings and we have some inborn genetics that are formed from our parents.

These inborn genetics of which I speak is called "temperament." I am not referring to our personality. The personality is the mask each of us develops as we mature. The Temperament is really our true being.

The mask of personality attempts to cause us to present as someone we may not really be. I suggest that many people feel confused in life and try to "find themselves" because there is a war within that will rage from time to time.

Hippocrates observed the way humans moved and went about their daily lives and did so in various ways. He noticed that certain people moved more slowly than others when it came to making decisions or acting on a situation. Hippocrates likened it to "the slowness of body fluid" or, phlegm. From that descriptor comes one of the words in temperament studies which talks about the "Phlegmatic."

The Phlegmatic is one that cannot be motivated by threat or reward. In other words, they will act on the situation when they feel like it and all of the spousal complaining, hollering and other verbiage will not cause this to change.

The spouses, co-workers and friends of the person that is a Phlegmatic will experience disappointment until they come to understand the temperament of an individual.

As a counselor, I usually didn't do the personality tests so much as doing a temperament analysis profile. It really tells me more about a person and we are able to open the individual up much quicker for some really good work.

There are many ways in which we experience disappointment. I have just had a disappointing experience while trying to get a radio station on the air. It has been very difficult working with the party from whom we were to acquire a license. Now, we are back to the starting over stage and dealing directly with the FCC. Disappointed? Yes. Discouraged? No! All in God's time and His will.

Learning to relax in the situations we must go through will make all the difference in the world as to how we respond in life.  Psalm 23 says it well, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." Please take time to read the rest of this wonderful Psalm and learn to relax in the Lord as He helps you through your disappointments.

Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church, and author and director of the Ministry and Media Center. He can be reached at 812-662-5154 or

Text Only
  • Westport church offers chance to meet candidates WESTPORT - Mike Bartlett, the minister at Westport Christian Church, has organized a "Meet Your Candidate Night" at 7 p.m. on April 24, at the church, to allow the citizens of southern Decatur County a chance to learn about the people running for off

    April 12, 2014

  • church-gb041214-Port building pic The Port to build Family Life Center WESTPORT - The Westport Christian Church, or The Port, has started construction on a new family life center adjacent to the church, which is located on the corner of Mulberry and Range Streets. The Daily News spoke to Minister Mike Bartlett to learn

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church briefs Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 7414 East Michigan Road, Waldron, invites you to a night of Talent 'N Tacos to support our youth missions. They will be putting on a free talent contest with prizes. Following the con

    April 5, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Do you hear what I hear? St. John 12:20-33 During those years of working in law enforcement, I had answered many calls and taken many incident reports. For those incidents where there were witnesses, it was always interesting, even challenging, to take witness statements. In

    March 29, 2014

  • Church Briefs Sandcreek Baptist Church Activities at Sandcreek at this time seem to be many and all are most important. The youth are now practicing for their Easter program, and next Sunday evening they will run through the parts and music during their evening

    March 29, 2014

  • Keeping the faith: What we carry can be a burden Accumulate. It's a dangerous little word that is employed to describe gently falling snow; the harmless growth of lint on the top bookshelf; or the inevitable gathering of ragged boxes, rusty tools, kits and caboodles found inside our garages. But t

    March 29, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Layne: Giving up or taking on? John 12:1-8 Six days before Passover Jesus went back to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from death. 2A meal had been prepared for Jesus. Martha was doing the serving, and Lazarus himself was there. 3Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume a

    March 22, 2014

  • The scars of forgiveness In 1939 General Francisco Franco, an ambitious Spanish military officer, became the absolute ruler of Spain. Franco took the title El Caudillo - the Leader - and he was ruthlessly so until his death more than 30 years later. In the decades that he ru

    March 22, 2014

  • church-gb031514-Dr Layne headshot Dr. Michael Layne: A positive minute, Prayer power Mark 11:24 KJV "Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." When is the last time you spent any time praying? Was it saying grace over your meal? Or, was it the last ti

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Briefs Sandcreek Baptist Church It was so good to be back in church on Sunday. Oops! Did you miss it because you forgot to turn your clock back on Saturday night? Sorry, I guess I forgot to remind you last week. The Faith Singers will practice again on Sat

    March 15, 2014