Welcome to another Five Minute Friday post, where a bunch of writers write for five minutes on a chosen prompt, without over-thinking or editing.
While I admit that I usually go a little over the five minute time suggestion, and perform a few minor edits, it’s still been a great exercise for someone who naturally tends to be too detailed and a bit of a perfectionist. Because I am learning to allow myself to not be perfect, this is why I have refrained from using a strict timer, or marking on the post where I’ve started and finished.
Join me today as we ponder the prompt, “expect”.
What exactly do I expect?
It’s natural and not necessarily bad to have expectations.
I have expectations for my life and those of my family. Our youngest son just graduated from high school and our oldest son is already in college, so our thoughts and feelings have been more about their futures and what they will bring.
I am still on the long road to finger recovery since my recent knife mishap, and I tend to easily be concerned about how all that will turn out.
I like to look forward to things, but often find that people and events often do not live up to my expectations. I most surely do not always live up to my own expectations.
But what if I were to let go of expectations and hold on to hope?
The Bible informs me that hope does not disappoint.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
– Romans 5:3-5, NLT
I also read many great stories of faith in Hebrews 11. Those who live by faith have put their hope in a sure place, or namely the person of God.
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
– Hebrews 11:1, NLT
So rather than cling to my feeble thoughts of what my life should look like, instead of living in fear that things will not turn out the way I planned for my family, rather than constantly finding myself in a state of disappointment because people don’t do what I think they should, I will choose to hope.
Hope allows me to look forward with expectation, but helps me to trust in the One who cares for me most, even when difficult or unknown circumstances ensue.
Hope causes me to extend grace to those around me, and pray for their growth and peace.
When I live in hope, I can give grace to myself, as well.
I no longer have to worry about all the things I expect, but can live in the peace of entrusting all to God, who cares for me.