What does Jesus expect from us? Much less than we expect from each other.
If Jesus wants us to come to him willingly isn’t he setting an example?
What kind of example? An example that we shouldn’t expect from other people what they can never give us. If it ain’t there, it ain’t there to give away.
What happens when we expect something from other people and they don’t have it to give? We become disappointed, hurt, angry and resentful.
What if we don’t know they can’t give us what we want? Do we continue expecting that which we are never going to receive?
Today’s society expects people to do the outrageous, unreasonable and to some extent that which is ridiculous. Overloaded, frustrated and stressed to the hilt people are burdened with trying to reach the unreachable.
God says we can do all things through him that strengthens us….Philippians 4:13. Did you get that? Emphasize the “through him” part and our brainchild of being super human takes on a whole new meaning.
How can we tell someone else what they need when most of us don’t know what we need ourselves? Why take advice from someone who is driving without the keys?
To be honest, I find it exhausting to try to expect almost anything from others. Now there are some areas that are to be fulfilled, but for the most part we make it up. Why? We want control. We have desires we need from someone else. We think we know what is best for them. We think we know more than they do which gives us the right to filter their lives with our expectations. We want them to do what we do. Ugh? What?
Isn’t that kind of selfish? Or assuming? Or unfair? Life is unfair. Our job is to decide for ourselves how to deal with it.
Matthew 11:28 ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This scripture gives no reference to expectation. Reading these verses sound restful.
Jesus words are comforting, peaceful and calming. Again, there is the choice to choose him willingly.
Choosing Jesus aids in relieving the expectations of others. When expectations do not match up with the will of God for our personal lives, we should always follow God.
This is often a learned lesson through trial and error, but well worth it for our own sanity and peace of mind.
More than that is it shows God we value him first. Our loyalty to him will eliminate from our lives that which he doesn’t feel we need and add what he wants.
Works for me……
- Peace Of Mind (jeremyrmro.wordpress.com)
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