Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I hope and pray that your day is going well…and even more, I pray that you will come to see Jesus as a close friend and companion…One who can also be the father that can truly lead you, as His child…through the difficult times of life…Amen!!
I wonder how many of us have felt weighed down in this life by the expectations of others? For me…I have dealt with this quite a bit in my life…and mainly by one person. For some reason, when I was in contact with this person, I felt as if I always had to be at the top of the totem pole, which meant that I always felt the need to be on top of everything this person expected of me. You know…I don't think that people realize that when they place high expectations on others; that this can be controlling…and can weigh even heavier on someone who is already struggling with low self esteem.
As I've been thinking on this today; God has led me to a very special Bible verse in Jeremiah 29:11…a verse that has truly helped me over the years…and we read… "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
There have been two specific things in my life that God has had to help me with, as a means of freeing me from the weight of a controlling spirit…and the first one was to teach me how to place my trust in Him alone; and the second one was to remember that with God…there are no expectations. Just think…God is One who doesn't demand anything of us…nor would He ever think of weighing us down with expectations; but rather, His thoughts and ways bring peace and an expected end, which means that He longs to bring hope and good days back into our lives…which high expectations will never accomplish.
Through a very dysfunctional past…my life not only felt twisted and tangled within itself; but it also brought me down to a level, where I felt that if I could only live up to other peoples expectations; then I would be accepted in life…but do you know what…that only seemed to make life much more draining and difficult for me, which only seemed to bring me further down, than where I was to begin with.
The thing that truly brought me out of the past and allowed me to feel free, was a close relationship with Christ; for I came to see that it was easier to live for Him, rather than others. In fact…I believe that it was during one of the darkest moments of my life; that God brought me down to nothing, so that He could raise me up with Him and teach me how to let go of the things that were crippling my life and stunting my growth spiritually…and especially as a person.
Sometimes I just wonder why we as humans take the difficult route in life. Here we have a God that already loves us and accepts us, for who He made us to be…a God who walks beyond failure, to bring peace and a new life within us; but yet, we find ourselves living after expectations that are almost impossible to live up to. Why do we do this? Maybe it's because we feel that everyone is the same, including God…and there is no escape from these expectations that bring us so low in life. One thing I know…when we are willing to lay everything aside and get to know God, for who He truly is…just as I have; then I believe that we will be able to see more clearly, as to how life can truly be less complicated and more at peace with Him.
Maybe today, you are feeling weighed down by the demands of others. Maybe you feel as if your life is spiraling out of control…to the place that you just may not be able to live up to the expectations of others. May I encourage you today to draw closer to God, rather than the moments that are controlling you…for one thing I know…life can be free from bondage and much simpler, when we only choose to follow the ways of God, rather than the demands of others.
Have a very blessed day…and I will look forward to our visit tomorrow!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
*Tomorrow…July 30th, I am going to be posting a very special writing, as it is not only my birthday; but my time of celebrating life…and even more…God's faithfulness in my life. I hope you will come and join me in this celebration, as I look back to the many painful moments that God has brought me through!
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