All of us remember Christmas as a child, the struggle to sleep and the anxious anticipation was all the result of one thing, EXPECTATION. Yes, we have made our desires known in subtle and not so subtle ways. We have told everyone who would listen, from parents to Santa, and yes even Jesus, of our gift list. All of it, motivated by expectation. Expectation is about looking forward, anticipating something that will alter your life and hopefully change it for the better. To live in expectation is to live with a great sense of the future. One does not live in expectation and not believe that tomorrow will be a better day. That’s what’s so awesome about living in expectation. It fuels optimism while muting cynicism. It empowers and encourages at the same time to keep moving forward with the confidence that life will improve. Les Brown, a leading motivational speaker, once admonished his listeners, “Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations”. I believe what makes an amazing journey with all we are facing as a country, from a pandemic to the need policing reform, is expectation that will inspire us to continue to change. Note that anyone who lives governed by expectation will never succumb to the present circumstances no matter its appearance. So, family always look to the future, trusting that God will provide in a diversity of ways. This excites me and I am confident that when anyone lives with expectation, the best life is possible.
So, consider the following:
A. Connect to others who possess a positive vision for their life.
B. Create space for daily reflection.
C. Become principle driven and trust that each one will work.
D. Develop a spiritual life that feeds your personal faith.
E. Develop a positive confession that you speak daily.
St. Paul, you are wonderfully made! So live everyday believing that tomorrow will be an even better day. Live with EXPECTATION!