Those expectations include a nation, state, family united in love for each other that transcends all philosophies. A beautiful picture of all united in song in celebration of our common beliefs. For some reason the gathering together can more closely resemble this-
My great expectations are not limited to others. I have huge expectations each and every time I get back on the exercise wagon. I see myself looking like this
My life has been filled with great expectations including being like Mother Theresa
And realizing I can only help those God has placed in my path with the talents I am gifted with. Somehow that is more than enough.
Great Expectations are not often met--but they do inspire and encourage me to strive for my best. As I was praying it occurred to me not to be discouraged by the expectations I had which are now impossible, but instead to be thankful for the abundant blessings of my life. To not moan and groan over what will never be, but instead be thankful for what is.
So today I am thankful for all my Great Expectations and remember those accomplished, the good that came from striving for those never attained, and the hope for those I still strive for. Great Expectations -the catalyst for running the race and finishing well.
As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.