Expectation has a lot to do with how we experience the world. If we are always expecting the worst, we live in fear and doubt. If we are always expecting disappointment, life seems like a series of… well… disappointments. If we expect everything to go our way, we get frustrated when it doesn’t.
It takes a lot of practice but we can train ourselves to have healthy, balanced expectations. We can look for the good even though bad things happen sometimes. We can look for opportunity in times of disappointment. We can change our mindset from focusing on our own needs and wants and look to serve the needs of others.
But, probably the most important change in expectations we can take on is expecting to see God’s presence and work in our daily lives and the everyday world around us.
At Christmas we celebrate Emmanuel… God WITH us. That means we should be able to find God’s real, active, loving presence in our daily world.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23)