Bible Verse for the Day | Proverbs 10:28
"The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish."
Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? I've been sitting here…just relaxing and enjoying all the beauty outside my window. How I praise God for eyes to see…and ears to hear! I think sometimes we forget how good we have it, even in the midst of these troublesome times. My prayer today; is that we will be able to let go of the moments that can weigh us down, so we can take hold of the peace, joy and happiness that only comes from a loving God…Amen!
As we begin our visit today, I would like to start out by saying one thing…and that is that God never intended for us to live a life of high expectations…expectations that come from others around us. In fact, God's Son, Jesus Christ died to free us from not only sin; but the things that could easily weigh us down and put us into a life of bondage.
As I grew up, I remember times when I felt so weighed down by life. At the moment, I never really knew why; but as I became an adult, I came to slowly see that I had allowed others to control my life…those who always seemed to expect me to be more than what God had ever intended for me to be. Because of this, I reached a place in my life, where I literally collapsed beneath the weight of it all. As I think back to that time in my life, I stand amazed, as to how I ever survived those times; because living up to other people's expectations can truly make a person feel as if they must always live a perfect life.
As I look back to these moments that I once lived, there is one thing that I definitely remember…and that is how I always felt drained…and why; because I was working so hard to keep something alive that wasn't real…and was never meant for me to live. In fact, times such as these only made me feel as though I was supposed to be at the top of a totem pole…and don't you ever come down.
You know…I have come to see that when we try to live up to other people's expectations; then we become like a piece of a puzzle…one that is being forced into a spot, where it just doesn't belong…a place where life ends up distorted, rather than being beautifully seen.
Life should never be more than what God intended for it to be; for this only causes us to be brought down to a place where we run out of steam and give up altogether. We must remember that when others expect us to be something that we just can't be…and we choose to follow that path; then this will only bring us slowly down to a place of self-destruction.
About 30 years ago, I was not only dealing with the memory of a past sexual abuse; but also, a dysfunctional past. Within a short time, I began to fall beneath the weight of it all, until I collapsed emotionally; because one of the problems I had…was that I was still trying to remain committed to the expectations of a family member, which I came to see was not that easy to break from at the time.
Later…with some counseling, I came to see how life could be much easier to cope with and less complicated. In fact, I had to learn how to put up boundaries; that would keep myself from falling beneath the weight of it all again, since the other person was still attempting to control my life.
Once I began to see how life could be simpler…just by living my life according to what God had made me to be; then peace, joy and happiness began to re-enter my life. You know…one thing I truly love about God; is that He accepts me for who I am…and there are never any high standards to live by. In fact, I don't have to be anything less or greater, than what He longs for me to be.
Today, do you feel as if you are walking in shoes that just don't fit? Are they making it hard for you to walk through life? If so…why not take a good look at where you are right now and honestly ask yourself this question… "Am I living the free life…the one that God longs for me to live…or am I living a life that only seems to be weighing me down…day by day, due to the expectations of others?" If so; then maybe it's time to step into the right pair of shoes…the ones that God designed for you to walk in, since the very beginning.
As we close this time together, my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see that life doesn't have to be difficult, when we choose to follow Christ, rather than the expectations of others. Until we meet again…may you truly have a very blessed day! Take care…and I will hope to see you again tomorrow, for another great God inspired visit!
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