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  • Writer's pictureAshley Thomas


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


Set too high or too low, you’re often bound to fail.

Think of the last thing you expected someone else to do. Got it? Okay, now think of the last thing someone expected of you. Did you come up short? Match it? Or exceed it? Let’s be real.

Too often there is an unspoken expectation. And when it’s not met, we assume we know the motive behind the refusal to step up to the plate. I don’t know about you but it can be frustrating as all get out when someone assumes they know why you have or haven’t done something.

So what’s the cure? Be curious. Ask questions. Be present. People don’t need you to fix them. Most of us have created a to do list for ourselves we don’t need the added pressure.

So I don’t expect much from other people. Because that’s all beyond me, can’t control it. I do set personal expectations. I do expect that I do my part to remain true to me, be present, love well and allow all that life throws my way to be what it is. Nothing more and nothing less. My expectations can rule me or they can inform me of where I’m at in the process of receiving the daily grace I need to live this life well.

Grace always supersedes expectations.

Grace allows us to meet expectations with truth.

It’s not binding, but freeing.

Expect less and express more.


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