Not-So-Great Expectations

 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

From the time we can walk, we hear expectations of us. “Clean your room.” “Pick up your clothes.” “Wash your hands.” “Tell the truth.” “Be nice.” “Share your toys.” “Brush your teeth.” Those things are good to do, especially if it’s mom telling us. But at that age we’re a long way from knowing who we are. We learn quickly that the things we do or don’t do have consequences. If we do what we’re told, we soon believe we’re a good person. If we don’t do what we’re told, we can learn to believe we’re bad.

It doesn’t change much when we grow up.  Sometimes we allow others’ expectations of us to define our lives.

I read a sad tweet yesterday. A Christian tweeted, “I won’t be satisfied with my life until I know God is satisfied with me.” He didn’t know, or chose not to believe, that God accepts us just as we are and loves us unconditionally anyway.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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