In the world today we experience many expectations and convictions. On television, social media, work and in our own hearts. It doesn’t really matter where we are or who we interact with. We either expect something from others or from ourselves.
Expectations aren’t a bad thing in itself. Our personal expectations can be a goal we want to pursue, a dream we want to establish or a change we want to make in our life. In that sense an expectation or a goal can be a good thing. But often we go too far in our expectations. We create many expectations for ourselves. In our looks, work, behavior, financial status. And we are willing to go through great lengths to get there. Even if it means that we have to hurt ourselves!
Also the people we meet aren’t save from our expectations. We meet someone and instantly create a perfect image of this person in our minds that they will simply have to live up to. When they don’t, we are disappointed. Then expectations so easily turn into convictions, for they are not as we think they should be! And that is wrong in our own point of view.
But wouldn’t the world be a better place if we limited our expectations and our judgment? Wouldn’t it be better if we changed our point of view to one of love? Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you”. And Jesus died on a cross because He loved the world so much! He gave His life up so we could have a life in Heaven!
The apostle Paul explained love perfectly saying, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
The answer to our expectations and convictions is love. Love one another as Jesus loved you! Treat them as you would want them to treat you. It doesn’t matter whether someone is rich or poor, healthy or sick, black or white, male or female, gay, straight or transgender, etc.. Jesus didn’t ask to make expectations of people or to judge them. He simply asked us to love them.
Love doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends and share a cup of coffee once a week. No, it simply means that you respect and accept others the way they are and treat them with dignity and respect! If we drop our expectations of ourselves and others, we get room to breathe, room to grow and room to prosper. And all because we chose to love!
May God shine His love over you and give you peace!