We all have them. Some are well founded and some are just silly. When we engage or participate in an activity we are more than likely going in with some expectations. How would our lives look if we did not have expectations? Do expectations hinder or help? Always? What happens if your expectations are not met?
I ordered the crawfish etoufe, I expected a spoon. Tastes just fine with a fork.
The Time and Tide Wait for No One.
Ahh, Happy New Year! Is there any phrase other than “Opening day of Baseball Spring Training” that offers so much hope? So much promise? Optimism is palpable as it simmers just below the surface of all those unspoken thoughts and plans. I know this because I have all of my own happy optimistic plans too. I could list them, but to do so will create a list against which my eventual loss of motivation can be measured and I’m not interested in that.
So today I luxurate in the warmth of my home and watch the pups play and tumble. Maybe I’ll focus on all that I have this year and attempt to weed it down by sharing some of my blessings with others throughout this coming year. I’d love to enter the next year with less stuff. I hope that my resolve to spend less, save more, and give away a good bit is met.
Enjoy your new year and best of luck.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13 ESV)
“Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw.
The book of Galatians has been a declaration of freedom. The gospel is freedom from sin, from Satan’s kingdom, and ultimately from death. But it’s also freedom from self-salvation projects. We are not trying to earn God’s love for us. The gospel tells us we already have it! Amazing!
But now, what do we do with that freedom? Are we to live however we want? And what, or maybe better, who helps us discover life in this newfound freedom? This week we begin to explore this new life, a life in the Spirit. I want to encourage you to read Galatians 5 to prepare your heart and mind for what we will explore this weekend.
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