Aug 222012
 

Out of our spouses? Our friends? Our children?

If we’re expecting to find perfection. Then yes.

If we’re expecting to find ultimate fulfillment. Then yes.

Out of parenting books? The Internet? Advice from experts?

If we’re expecting to find all the answers. Then yes.

If we’re expecting to find others who do things exactly the same way we do. Then yes.

Out of our churches? Our pastors? Our leaders?

If we’re expecting them to do it for us. Then yes.

If we’re expecting pedestal-worthy super humans. Then yes.

Out of routines? Lists? Plans?

If we’re expecting to eliminate all chaos. Then yes.

If we’re expecting to find ultimate comfort in the familiar. Then yes.

Out of eating right? Exercising?

If we’re expecting immediate results. Then yes.

If we’re expecting to find our self-worth. Then yes.

Out of ourselves?

If we’re expecting to not need others. Then yes.

If we’re expecting to find perfection. Then yes.

My expectations often need adjusting. They often need to point in another direction. How about about yours?

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  5 Responses to “Are We Expecting Too Much?”

  1. OH, yes! Sometimes I’ll see a piece of advice, or new schedule, or new something…..I’ll think for a moment “maybe this is the magic bullet.” But then I remember that there isn’t one. Thanks for a great reminder to adjust our expectations.

  2. I’m pretty sure I’ve expected too much of others and myself from time to time. Normally though I try to be realistic, especially since I’m keenly aware that stressing myself out can often be more damaging than whatever I was hoping to accomplish.

    With kids, it’s definitely a good idea to keep expectations realistic. It’s easy to forget that they’re just kids and we expect them to understand the world in the same way that we do.

    • “It’s easy to forget that they’re just kids and we expect them to understand the world in the same way that we do.” Yes. I’ve done this too often.

  3. This is a vital question for me. I have have often expected spouse, self, job, ministry, stuff, to fill that void. It always leads to disaster. As much as I joked about it in college, nothing makes a good replacement own-personal-Jesus.

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