01 December 2011

Great Expectations

It is possible to be disappointed. 


Did you know that, dear reader? 


It is possible that what you desire to be fulfilled, can not be fulfilled by another person. It's even possible that you, yourself can not do all that you have dreamed was possible. 


The expectations we have of 


others, 


ourselves 


and life


do not always match up with what is possible. Yes, with God, all things are possible. That speaks to the abilities and power of God. However the Will of God has been intercepted and derailed ever since the beginning of time by the enemy and man and sin and culture. There are some things that will never change. 


Does prayer work? 
Yes. 


Is God all-powerful? 
Yes. 


Does He give man freedom? 
Yes. 


Does man mess things up? 
Frequently.


Our great expectations can only be fulfilled by God - and then only when man doesn't get in the way.  All too often WE are the man (or woman) that gets in the way of God fulfilling our own dreams and desires.


What to do then?  What is the remedy for this?


Well, it's a good thing for you that I have had many opportunities to experience this! :-)


First, if your great expectations are derailed by some other human being, and this person is frequently causing problems for you, you should not include them in the big picture.  You can still be friends with them.  Don't ban them from your Facebook lists just yet.  But definitely do not include them in your plans any more.  If you are willing to risk the friendship of someone who may be offended, tell them what the dealio is.  You may be saving them from having to handle the next option on their own on the future.


Next, look at yourself.  This is never easy - an inventory of self.  If you find that you are the cause of your own failure - the source of increased challenges in life - CHANGE.  I'm not sure which is more difficult; the discovery of the mess in you or the cleaning up of it all.  Many times, people will not tell you that YOU are the problem, especially if your character is not conducive to openness about yourself, like I used to be, and you'll have to do this on your own. Sorry, Charlie.


Once you've sorted out all of the problems, including yourself:




[make a fresh start]  


                                [redraw the lines]  
                                                              
                                                              [rewrite the plan] 


Your Great Expectations can be met.


You can succeed.


You can achieve your destiny.


It's just a matter of change occurring; either you or them - or both.


If nothing changes, nothing changes.


Wishing God's best for you....


And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
Galatians 6:9 AMP