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Thursday, May 19, 2005

What do you expect?


Disappointment can steal our joy and rob us of hope. It can weaken our faith and stall or even stop our spiritual growth. It can even go so far as to cause us to turn away from a loving, caring and merciful God. There is a profitable way to deal with disappointment and I suspect that we often spend too much time on treating this consequence when what we really need is a cure to the problem. Rather than consider ways of dealing with the disappointment we often face in life, in this article I want to focus on the cause of disappointment and some preventative measures. Disappointment is the result of a failed expectation. We believe that something “should” or “shouldn’t” occur in life and act on that belief as if we knew the future. Often we can avoid this trap by simply applying scripture before developing our expectation. As believers we should expect to be hated and persecuted for what we say and do however, more often than not, we expect that others will always appreciate our efforts on their behalf. We expect that all who enter our life will leave feeling refreshed and encouraged only to be devastated when they turn a deaf ear and conclude we are ignorant. Our expectation should only be toward pleasing God and not the individual. We should be mindful of the law of sowing and reaping and judge our own actions, expecting them to be returned, but trust God as to when and where. I suspect that better still we should have no expectation at all outside of scripture, for there are more than enough blessings to expect and depend on found there. Perhaps we should replace all other expectations with hope and let that hope be sustained by our faith that, regardless of the uncertainties of life, almighty God is in control.

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6 Comments:

Blogger pecheur said...

Good point.

5/19/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Thanks brother.

5/21/2005 07:02:00 AM  
Blogger nathaniel adam king said...

Do you ever wonder why we pray? Or what is the purpose of prayer?

5/23/2005 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

I understand the motivation and purpose for prayer to be multifaceted. In general I perceive prayer as a major aspect of our communion with God and our communication to Him. I would love to do a study/discussion on prayer if you're interested.

5/23/2005 04:36:00 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

KC,
You reminded me of someone I overheard saying: "I don't believe in kharma; I'm a Christian." I don't believe in kharma either, but the gist of the conversation they were having was that the Christian could not expect bad things to come back to her. I think this "sow and reap" principle is profound, and sometimes neglected- especially in Christian politics!

5/23/2005 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Matt I find that most philosophies generally agree in observation and that they vary in their presumptions of origin and conclusion and their perception of morality. I find that the majority of what is considered a profound observation is in some way addressed in the scripture. I think this relates to your article “Who will you receive from”. It seems wise to me to pay close attention to all observations but equally wise to carefully scrutinize the presumptive and subjective components against scripture. I have almost concluded that what our faith requires is that we accept the scripture on these matters and that the full understanding of origin and conclusion will be progressively revealed to us either, individually or collectively as needed with the subjective portion (morality) being provided by a Spirit guided conscience.

5/24/2005 04:34:00 AM  

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