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Our level of disappointment is directly proportionate to our level of expectation. We all need to live life with great expectations. But our expectations need to be reasonable ones — ones based on facts and truth — expectations that have been communicated.
At times we have unspoken expectations of people, of work, of our bosses, and especially of God. We will have expectations that are not based on anything concrete. But, nonetheless, our disappointment is real.
We must all learn to manage our expectations and base them on something more than a wish. The sad truth is so many are disappointed with a variety of things that were never discussed or agreed upon.
I might have certain expectations of my spouse that are a constant source of disappointment. But what we find is that our expectations were never communicated to them. We get mad and upset because somehow we think others should just know what we expect. We must learn to articulate: let people around us know what our expectations of them are. If we don’t, then that is on us, not them.
This is especially true with God: We expect things from Him that He never said He would do. We will accuse Him of not caring or not loving us. Why? Because He didn’t do this or that. Some of our expectations are based on wrong thinking or lack of knowledge. We must learn what God actually promises in His word, then pray and expect what He actually says.
We all need to live with expectation — that good will come or good things will happen. Learn to believe and think the best of people. Let’s all learn to manage our expectations based on truth and knowledge.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 8:45 AM MDT
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