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#1. The winner of our giveaway this week is….drumroll…. Katie S.! Congrats!!
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Ok, we’re meeting at The Grove to share our thoughts, stories, and art on the prompt “Expectation.” It’s a loaded word, isn’t it? Especially around this time of year. So circle up, and let’s spill it. I’ll start:
They say curiosity killed the cat. But I think not.
No, “expectation” – that’s the real killer. The killer of joy, the thief of peace, the weight upon my back that can drag me down, heavy and slow.
When I expect results in my work…
When I expect my Christmas day to look and taste and feel just like it did back on the other side of the world…
When I expect my children to be the model TCKs, friendly, flexible, gracious, and generous in all situations…
When I expect there to be butter on the shelf at the store …
When I expect my teammates to be my BFFs…
When I expect to sleep on a plane…
When I expect my marriage to be Hollywood romance…
When I expect everyone to understand my choice to live in a land far away…
When I expect hot water…
When I expect the plumber to show up with tools, not just a flashlight…
You really have no idea how much you expect until you step into a world where your expectations fall flat, one after the other.
These unmet expectations, both the laughable and the heart-rending, they can all send me swirling, some days straight over the edge.
After battling my sky-high expectations for myself and everything in my life, I decided to adopt a philosophy for life that went something like this…
If I have really low expectations for everything and everyone, then I won’t be disappointed. I’ll actually be pleasantly surprised by anything that falls above my low expectation. And pleasantly surprised is better than continual disappointment and frustration, right?
Did you follow that twisted line of thinking?
But here’s the thing, if I expect the worst, then I’m subconsciously looking for the worst. And guess what? That’s what I find, in myself, my children, my husband, my team, my life. If I’m expecting the best, well, I’m setting myself up for heartbreak too. Because for now, I’m stuck in a broken world, full of sin, the frustration of daily toils and the pain of big hurts.
So what’s left? Expect mediocre?
No. Mediocre expectations are for the birds of this world that don’t know their Maker or the flight they were made for.
No, those of us knowing our Maker should know that He makes all things good. We know it. But do we really believe it?
Do we really believe that the busted pipe, the smog, the theft, the child tantrum, the lonely ache, the deepest pain, that these can really be made…good?
Do we really, down to our marrow, trust that he’ll take the shattered shards of our broken expectation and make a gift?
“The Cross stands as the epitome of evil…. If God can transfigure the greatest evil into the greatest Gift, then He intends to turn whatever you’re experiencing now into a gift. You cannot be undone.” –Ann Voskamp
Perhaps expectation is not the culprit after all. Because I can expect my Father to keep his word. I can expect that he will work ALL things together for the good of those who love him. And I do. I love him so.
I can choose to expect that all is grace, all is a gift, all can bring good. And that expectation, my friends, the one I awake and pray to have. That is the source of joy, the bringer of peace, and the spring in my step, carrying me through.
What about you? What’s your journey with expectation?
Share with us your thoughts, stories and art on “Expectation”:
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