Pressing Reset

If you are like me, most of the conflict in our life comes from unmet expectations.

Confession – I have high expectations of those around me. Oh, they are subtle. In fact, only when they are unmet do I realize how high my expectations are! It may be time for me to press reset.

Question: Do you expect more from others than is realistic under your life’s circumstances? If you find yourself getting upset because someone does not live up to a certain expectation of yours, then maybe it’s time to back off and reset that expectation.

Dr. Jim A. Talley says, “You expected somebody to do something. That person didn’t do it, and you get mad. What makes you even madder is that person doesn’t seem to give a rip that he or she didn’t do it. Now you’re really hurt, and you begin to boil on the inside. You shift at that point to real bitterness. You have to go back and reset your expectations to what you can control and deal with. You can’t force other people into your expectations. Reset your standards to a place where you can function, and examine your motivation for having that expectation in the first place.”

“People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart” (Proverbs 21:2 NLT).

Heavenly Father, sometimes I expect too much and for the wrong reasons. Show me how to reset those expectations to a healthy and productive level. Amen.


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