Have you ever stopped to consider the expectations you place on people, or situations? Diane shared a post this week that started with a wonderful example of this topic. She had two cups that were almost identical – one was filled with cold coffee, the other was filled with water. She took a sip of one, expecting coffee, but it was water, and so it tasted awful to her. In fact, she loves water, but the expectation of coffee ruined the situation. What a wonderful illustration to show that there is a real danger with unmet expectations.
How often do we place expectations on things in our lives? Perhaps we expect a particular outcome from a conversation or meeting, but the outcome ends up being different. Or maybe our children decide to behave in a way that they know is not the best; they don’t meet the expectations we’ve set for their behavior.
Diane goes even deeper in her thoughts on expectations, challenging us to consider if we’ve placed certain expectations on God. How often do we feel like God’s not answering, or not working on our behalf, simply because our prayers aren’t being answer the way we expect?
What if we miss the blessing because God delivers one thing, yet we’re expecting another?
These are some powerful truths to consider this week. I would encourage you to read Diane’s post, and then to consider some areas where you might have placed some expectations. Are the expectations appropriate? Many expectations are appropriate, especially if we are parents raising kids, or employees in a job with certain standards. But take time to pray and ask the Lord to reveal any expectations that may not be correctly placed, or any unmet expectations that could be hindering your life, or your walk with the Lord.
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