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What expectations do you have for your life? To be healthy and have no major illnesses? To have your children outlive you? To be in a meaningful long-term relationship until “death do us part?” To never lose your job? To be happy? It is obvious that many of our expectations through life are not fulfilled. Our deepest disappointments and sadness come when what we expect does not match reality.
But this is not why we are considering the topic, “Giving Up Expectations,” on this second week of Lent. It is not because we want to avoid disappointment, which will always be a part of life. And it is not because we want to give up on these basic human hopes. Instead, let’s consider how we manage them and how we also identify unhealthy expectations. As someone said to me this week, “It’s like finding the message in the mess.”
~Pastor Mary Beth