Expectations. We sure do have a way of putting these false fulfillments on each other. Friendships, relationships, family, co workers, and perhaps even our pets. But in reality, we are not the ones in control of our lives and certainly not in the expectations of others. This is a tough concept for me to grasp. I have a tendency to play out a whole scenario in my head before it actually happens, the details of everything. You would think I would learn by now because never once has anything ever gone “as expected.”

Instead, it results in changing my perspective, learning to let go, and adjusting my sense of reality.

We expect people to always say the right thing or to say what we want or need to hear.

We expect our friends to “understand” what we are going through, even when they themselves have never personally gone through that exact thing.

We expect our significant other to know when something is wrong without actually saying anything.

(And for all the puppy lovers out there) We expect our four legged friend to master potty training in an unrealistic amount of time.

Putting false expectations on people will most likely result in some sort of disappointment and probably even a bit of personal rejection or feeling hurt.

Ultimately, God is the only one who can truly satisfy us.

So my challenge for you (and myself) is to take a step back next time you catch yourself forming these expectations in your head. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment.

“Trade your expectations for appreciation, and the world changes.” Tony Robbins

Consider this…

What is the reality of the situation?
Who are you trying to set up these expectations for?
Remember: you are not in control of the situation.

Luke 6:35-36 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never, I promise, regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind, you be kind.”
The Message

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