Day 4: E for Expectation
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ I Corinthians 9:19 (MSG)
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people:
As we journey through life, we realise that events do not always pan out as we had expected and we often find our views and perspectives challenged by people, or the events or the circumstances we find ourselves in. While Paul, in this verse states that he is “free of the demands and expectations of everyone,” this may well not be our experience.
One of the most important aspects of expectations is that they are realistic.
We need to have realistic expectations, not only of ourselves, but also of those around us. When our expectations are unrealistic, then we can be setting ourselves up for disappointment and difficulty. This was the Disciples experience in the events after the Last Supper, since they had not fully grasped what Jesus had told them. (See:http://into-deeper-waters.com/downloads/expectations/)
Some years there are really clear and predictable expectations on the horizon, that we can prepare and plan for. Doing so often enables us to transition through the change they bring into our lives more smoothly.
Are there any such changes looming on the horizon for you this year? If so, how do you feel about them? What does your previous experience give you/show you as you anticipate these? How do you plan to prepare for them?
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from this verse in your journal.