Expectations: Do you love em or hate em? For decades, I’ve struggled with expecting positive reactions from people. Let me explain; when I offer myself, in service or hospitality, I expect to be treated a certain way or be given a specific amount of attention. As you might guess, I’ve been hurt by others not following through the way I think they should. I’ve stepped back to examine why I feel this way. In His generosity, God gently has spoken to me, “Sheryl, expect to receive from me, not people. People will always disappoint you. I never will. I am everything you need.” Now my expectations, once my enemy, are keeping me focused on the only One who can exceed my expectations. This 2015, my ONE WORD is . . . Expect!
I am anticipating God’s power to be released. I stand in my authority and expect the best! No more looking back with regret, I am moving forward with resolve. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past, see, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland,” Isaiah 43:18.
I am anticipating God’s peace to rule. God’s peace will be the plumb line for every decision and direction for ministry. “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge,” Psalm 62:8.
I am anticipating God’s presence to reach the lost. It’s all about Him, right? Pastor Craig Amos said, “Expectancy pays off for eternity.” As we see needs in our community, we can ask God what our responsibility is to advance God’s Kingdom. Matthew 19:26 says, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
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My one word this year is Grace, I’m excited to see what that means & where it will take me.