Monday, November 29, 2010

Lowered expectations

I love watching home decorating shows. It's exciting to see a room go from drab and ordinary to colorful and fabulous! I especially like the 'surprise' reveal at the end when you get to see the home owners' reaction to what has been done. Sometimes they love it and other times they're not so sure.

The other day a designer cleared out a young family's living room of all their baby paraphernalia to give them a sleek, modern new look. Basically they painted the walls gray, put a stick in a jar, centered it on their coffee table and called it a day. During the reveal you could see the young mom's disbelief as she tried so hard to mask her disappointment. I imagine she wanted a warm, comfortable space to raise her little family. What she got was a cool, modern room without much furniture and a large choking hazard as a centerpiece.

When they asked the young mom what she thought of the room, she simply said “I guess anything is better than how I had it.” My mental wheels screeched to a stop. What? How is ANYTHING better than the effort she had already made? That idea really burnt my toast!

It's that kind of stinkin' thinkin' that we all seem to get wrapped up in. 'So and so could do this better than I can' or 'I don't know how to make it happen so I shouldn't hope for something better'. What are we telling ourselves? Have we lowered our expectations so much and so often that we don't really care how things turn out? Do we not want more for ourselves or our situation?

This young mom was surrounded by people telling her that everything was fabulous. Yet you could see on her face this was not her wish fulfilled. She wanted something different, didn't express her feeling and took what she was given. Can you relate? Have you given up on a hope or dream because you don't see how it could possibly work? Have you lowered the expectations you have for yourself? For others? For God? Remember that the hope in your heart that aligns itself with God's will was put there BY GOD! He gave you the dream in the first place. His expectations haven't lowered one bit for you. Is it time to ask God to rekindle your dream? Or maybe to ask for a new one? Trust me, God is an amazing Dream Giver...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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