10 Feb High Expectations
“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”
Psalm 146:3-5 NIV
When I was much younger, I wanted to be a lawyer. I hated injustice when I encountered it or witnessed others being on the short end of it. In school, I could be seen arguing in defense of my classmates and fighting for the causes I thought were right. I had such a passion for righteousness to succeed. However, as I grew older, I realized that wasn’t always the case; even in places where I thought integrity was to be upfront and center.
As an adult, I understand that I’ve held great expectations from Christians, including myself. I’m not saying that we should not uphold the higher standards that set us apart from the world, but I believe I’ve put people on a pedestal – and when I’ve experienced their imperfections, a bit of my world would shatter. I guess that is what happens when I put the wrong expectations on the wrong people. We are all broken and imperfect. This is why we need His grace and redeeming love in our lives. Perhaps, it is also why we read in the book of Lamentations: ”The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (3:22-23)
With this said, too many people have been hurt by Christians and their respective churches. I’ve seen shattered spirits refusing to attend even one church service because of their painful experiences in the past. I’ve also seen healing come as a result of surrendering those wounds to God and allowing the expectations shift to the only perfect One whom exists.
As the collective Body of Christ, we bear His name in all we do. And while we continue to desperately need Christ and His redemption in our lives, we cannot use that as a crutch and allow our emotions to get the best of us. After all, people are watching; our very postures can make a positive or negative experience in the lives of others. Are we perfect? No. Are we redeemed? YES! Let us show others the power of His redemption in our lives! And in order to do this, we MUST put on His full armor on a daily basis. We cannot allow daily distractions or temporary circumstances derail us in such a way that Christ cannot be seen in our actions.
As a parent, I cannot afford to lose sight of Christ in my life. I have littles who are watching and imitating. In everything I do, I want them to see the best of me and the transforming work of God Almighty in my life. And in everything, I want all that I do or say to point to the Perfect One. He never fails us; although our expectations of Him may be based on our human experiences, His character and presence is so much bigger than what we can imagine. For this reason, we can trust Him like no other. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stop being in awe of all He is in my life!