Expectations are important to know. At least they are for me. When I know what is expected of me I feel a sense of purpose and thus relief in my spirit. One less unknown in my life remains.
I don't enjoy unknowns. Well, mostly I don't. I like surprises. But surprises aren't unknown in the sense that I have one extra thing to think about. Which makes me wonder why don't I treat what I don't know as a surprise awaiting my discovery. Maybe I would peacefully let more things free to wander from my mind until that great moment that I discover them again. However, when it comes to what someone expects of me, I don't want to be surprised. I want to be equipped to reach my full potential. I want a goal to reach towards.
God's expectations of me are far beyond my reach. Jesus said in Matthew to be perfect. Often times I wonder what exactly does that mean. How can I possibly be perfect? I haven't come to a theological answer on this yet. I am uncertain that this is something I am to fully understand in this life. I know that I am to strive to meet his expectations. I know he loves me as I am trying. I know his grace covers the distance between my imperfection and the perfection he wants from me. So, I will press on each day towards perfection while receiving large portions of grace. I will rest in knowing that he is cheering as I grow towards meeting those expectations. I will also spend some time seeking what other expectations he has for me. Although I have not attained perfection, I believe God sees me clothed in the body of Jesus who is perfection. In Jesus I have perfection.
I want to extend the same grace given to me by the blood of Jesus to my family and friends. While I have expectations for them, I choose to delight in their pursuit of those and cheer them on as they work toward them. I choose to make my expectations clear in a loving way. I choose to focus on the positive, turning the negatives over to God in prayer for or with that individual. I choose to remember that they really don't have to meet my expectations at all. In reality, I shouldn't be expecting anything thing of them. I should be living my life in a way that directs them to meet the expectations of God. Hmmmm. I think I have some more thinking and some behavior changing (my own behavior) to do.