We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)
I had a light bulb moment when I discovered the words hope and expectation in Hebrew come from the same origin word.
Expectation gets me in trouble and sends me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I tend to wrap expectations around individuals like a rope and hold on with both hands.
This inclination is a disaster waiting to happen.
I’ve been placing my expectations or hope in individuals. Individuals that are human. Individuals who are flawed, like me.
My hope has been misplaced. I have been looking for others to fill a need in me.
My hope has to be wrapped around the God Who never changes. I cannot untie the anchor to my soul and keep flinging it onto every individual I meet. It is tiring. It is wrong. It is selfish.
When I put expectations on individuals, I am searching for something in them I need for myself. I am an expectation-wrangler trying to wrap my rope of expectation tightly around individuals. It is inevitable that the rope will get frayed or severed, and I will be disappointed.
I need to practice engaging with people in the moment, without expectations, and keep my soul anchored to the cross of Christ.
Dear Lord, I am thankful that You never change. I am thankful that my soul is anchored in You. Help me to engage in relationships without pretense and to value every single person because You created them. In your precious name, Amen.