I recently went to a wonderful Ladies summit in the mountains where we had as the main speaker Wm. Paul Young, the author of The Shack. He shared his creative insights and thought-provoking spiritual truths that shook everyone’s mindset. He has seen wonderful divine appointments with people regarding his book that has literally blessed people’s lives.
One of the things that stood out in what he shared was about expectations. He said there is a distinction between expectancy and expectations. He went on to say when we have expectations it always judges us. Judgments put us in a box not allowing the freedom of the spirit to flow through us. We judge what is happening in our personal and family life, we judge whether our profession is giving us the success we want, we judge our kids to have them live up to our expectations. The list goes on and pretty soon we find ourselves so bound up in discouragement because they didn’t get met.
When we turn around our expectations and let go of any resistance to the way things are going, we are faced with a newfound freedom that whatever happens is meant to happen. Everything unfolding is for our good. We are happier because we don’t face the dissatisfactions that leave us frustrated and unhappy with our life.
Paul Young went on to elaborate on the idea that we get caught up in responsibility. When we live by the responsibility we also live by a right and wrong mentality. We put ourselves on the judgment table and when things don’t measure up, we are guilty. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to put unnecessary guilt on myself. I want to learn to be more compassionate and trust that I do my best and leave the rest in God’s sovereign hands.
I have decided to practice these principles and I encourage you to do the same. When we are starting to get caught up in any kind of judgments whether it is imposed on yourself or others, take a step back and let it go so you can find the freedom to accept. Walk in expectancy waiting to see what comes your way. Ironically what I have seen is you may have more of what you want then if you were striving so hard to attain it.
May this spring a time of new beginnings allowing the new growth to spring from within!