Break Down Expectations
The hopes of the godly result in
happiness, but the expectations
of the wicked come to nothing.
Proverbs 10:28, NLT
When I was a child, I would play with dolls as if they were my children and dreaming of the day I would get to be a mother. When I was in middle school, I thought I would date in high school. When high school came, I thought I would meet the love of my life in college, get married after college, buy a house, and begin raising a family after a considerable amount of time. As you can guess, those dreams didn’t happen and I was left disappointed and unsure of my future.
I was upset that God didn’t give me the life I was “supposed to have”. I thought life was going to fall into place the way I perceived most adults’ lives did. This misconception was partly because it was the perspective of a girl who grew up in the Christian culture. I was supposed to pray that God would lead me to His will while holding onto dreams I wasn’t giving over to Him.
My dreams for my life had good intentions but I desired them for broken and empty reasons. God knew that brokenness was there and invited me to choose His healing, His plan, and His guidance. He knew my desires and began to whisper something more into my heart as He broke down expectations not rooted in Him. God’s plan for me is bigger and better than anything I could ever come up with. The more I turn to Him, the more I desire His will for my life over my own. It’s a process and it takes me time but it’s worth inviting Him into it.
Do you have any expectations that aren’t rooted in God?