Great Expectations: It's Not Always Perfect
Great Expectations: It’s Not Always Perfect
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also, help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement as well as the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything, worthy of praise, think about these things. As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Turn your Misery Meter into a Gratitude Gauge.
What has God given you? Who is God to you?
Who is going to win this battle for you? Who is the only one who can satisfy you?
Have Genuine Expectations
Where did you get your expectations from? Has getting more than you should have expected satisfied you?
Live to Give.
Use all of my resources to make their lives better.
Does being married to Jesus satisfy you? Are you practicing what you know?
Delight in their strengths.
Delight in their weaknesses. Be their greatest cheerleader.
Pray for their growth.
Delight in Jesus meeting your needs.
Consistently communicate whatever is lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise.