a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future
I'm being prompted to be a bit transparent, so for today's thoughts let's focus on the second definition!
I set my expectations REALLY high when it comes to how I think others should act/say/do and guess what that way of thinking does? It sets me up for great disappointment. If you read my post yesterday, one of the notes I took at Saturday's podcast was.....
Recipe for disaster - unmet expectations
You can just imagine how fast I jotted down that note because it was like the lady on the big screen was pointing her finger directly at me.....
because God told her to!
For most of my life, I think that's been my way of thinking. There are those who have the attitude of "live and let live" and for whatever reason when I was created, I wasn't given that train of thought.
So, guess what I've discovered!
We're all different!
(are you saying "duh", Deb?)
God created each and every one of us with different characteristics and traits and gifts. One of mine is the gift of mercy and if others don't show mercy the way I do or how I think they should, then boy howdy, I can get really upset over it. I have to back up....take a breath....and realize that their spiritual gift just might not be the same as mine and I've got to grant GRACE! Also, I have no idea where their head or their heart is at, what's going on in their life because I'm selfishly focusing on my own troubles! And, who am I to think that I can live up to other's expectations of me?
But, did you grasp what I just said?
The same thing that God grants me each and every second of each and every day!