The Thesaurus on Dictionary.com defines “Expectations” as belief and anticipation.  It refers to words like apprehension … assumption … expectancy … fear … forecast … hope … likelihood … looking forward … What words do you think of?

Expectations.  Most everyone has them at one point or another whether we place them on ourselves or those around us.  Sometimes expectations fall short and can leave us feeling disappointed, other times our expectations may exceed what we could have ever imagined possible.

As I sit and reflect on this word, a lot of different things come to mind.  I sometimes have a tendency to place expectations where they don’t need to be placed.  In doing so, sometimes I am left with feelings of sadness and disappointment when things did not go as planned or “expected”.  It is during these times that I miss the beauty of what really took place.  I fail to take pause and enjoy the moment.

I have found that the times I did not place unnecessary expectations on something, the moments experienced have been some of the best times of my life.  It was at these times that I let go of some control and allowed things to unfold as they may.

A friend of mine recently posted this picture on Facebook.  I found myself smiling and relating in some way.  It also reminded me of the phrase we have often heard, “Let Go and Let God”.  While this is not always an easy thing to do, putting our trust in God and eliminating unnecessary expectations will allow for us to “enjoy the moment”.

I’m the biggest procrastinator I know.  I am usually putting something off until tomorrow that I can do today. Having said that, instead of setting a “New Year’s Resolution” in January 2013, I am going to set a “New” Resolution” now.  If you too place unnecessary expectations in your life, please consider joining me in asking God to help in letting go of them now. Why wait?  There is no better time than the present.  I don’t want to miss out on what God and others in my life have to offer.  Do you?

Dear God, thank you for the moments.  May we begin a journey into Thanksgiving and Christmas with our hearts open to the experiences we will have and not get lost in expectations.  Please help us to remember to be thankful for what we have, to share what we are able and to see the good in every experience.  In your name, Amen.

April Schauer

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