Throughout our whole life growing up, we are expected to meet certain standards whether it be at school, at home, with friends and with just about everything and everyone in between. It’s not bad to have those expectations. But we have let this way of life take over in just about every aspect. It’s not letting us fully live by always wondering if we’re doing things right.
We have lots of expectations for our families, friends, relationships, work, our future and even God.
I’m the type of person that, if I could, I would have a list of bullet points on what my expectations are in every aspect of my life. I wouldn’t call it being a perfectionist, but I do like having control over things in my life when I can. I like to know what’s my next move will be and what all it involves.
But as time went on, I have learned that I must let go, let go of everything I expect. And doing so has definitely been a challenge.
Letting go of my expectations meant to let God take control of my life, to let him do what’s best for me, for He does know my plans. It means to trust that everything is not what it seems and that life can be so unpredictable yet still trusting God to take control.
Letting God take control of my life hasn’t been easy at all. I don’t think it will ever get “easy”, just because this lifestyle doesn’t fulfill the world’s expectations for a twenty-something-year-old.
Letting God take control means to wait for His timing and not my mine, for His is perfect. There are times where I get so ahead of myself where I start alternating God’s plan with so many expectations and on top of that with deadlines.
Letting go of my expectations and letting God take control has just simply made me a better human being, especially in the way I act and in the way I present myself to the people around me. It has made me more mindful of what I speak and how I say things. It has made me more open to not worrying about whats going to happen because I’m always reminded that God has the final say in everything.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still working on not expecting too much of myself, my friends, family and my faith. It’s an ongoing process which is the beautiful part of it because within that process you come to understand a bit more of how much love and mercy God has for you. Him, not caring how many times you fall still loves you, always has and always will. That’s still so surreal to me.
So, start your journey of letting go of your expectations for every aspect in of life and let God take control and you’ll see how simple everything really is.
Psalms 62; 9 Trust God at all times, my people! Pour out your hearts to God our refuge!