What if

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“So much good is left undone because of our fear of the opinion of others” –  Peter G. van Breeman.

Sometimes I watch a movie or listen to a song and for that hour and a half or those 3 minutes I feel like anything is possible. Like I could really change the world.

Then I step into the world and that feeling vanishes.

The possible quickly turns into the impossible and I again feel very small.

The world is so big…. So many people everywhere…. With so many expectations.

That’s just it. People. Expectations.

I don’t know whether people actually expect as much of me as I feel they do, but somehow the feeling is there.

The sad reality is that many, if not most of my day-to-day doings are an expectation.

You may think that’s no so bad. Doing what is expected of you is a good trait. Maybe it once was and for some maybe it is.

But it’s killing me. It’s killing so many of us. One expectation at a time.

Somehow we’ve created this society with unreachable expectations. And everyday we push and push and push. Slowly people are falling over the edge and we don’t even realize because we’re all still too busy pushing.

Can we just STOP!?!

Like I said, I don’t know if the expectations are even still there literally, but we’ve done a good job of pushing them to the point where we can’t shake them mentally.

So much has been lost in these expectations. Jesus. Me. You.

I wonder how different we would live, were we really free. I can’t quite wrap my mind around it.

Perhaps breathing would come easier. Perhaps genuine faith would be restored. Perhaps uniqueness could be treasured. Perhaps we’d have the courage to make our dreams a reality and really change the world.

Life giving grace comes to mind.

What if we expected less and loved more?! What if?!

Until next time,

Eva

PS – Yes, I understand that some expectations are necessary for this world to function. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about “THOSE” expectations. Yep those ones. You get it. I know you do.

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5 thoughts on “What if

  1. Kelly

    Somehow I have stumbled across your blog today and after reading this entry, I know why. I’m certain that God wanted me to read this, I need to read this. In my case it isn’t society that puts unrealistic expectations on me, I put them on myself. Then, when I inevitably fail to meet those lofty expectations, I am riddled with guilt, angry that I didn’t “get it all done” and then angry that I feel guilty about it. It’s time for me to let go of these unattainable expectations of myself and to be free and content in the love of Christ.

    1. Kelly, I’m honoured that God used this to speak to you. We do put so much pressure on ourselves, it’s hard to live up to. My latest heart cry is ‘be gentle and kind to others AND yourself.’ May the grace of God be poured over you tenfold! Jesus is enough, you are enough in him. Lots of love to you!!

      1. Kelly

        I have now read every entry you have on this blog and I am in awe of your strength and your courage to share your story with all of us. You have weighed heavy on my heart the last couple of days, and I have been praying for you. I pray that the writing process would continue to be a cathartic, healing experience for you and that you continue to feel the deep love of Jesus in your soul. I am truly inspired by your writing and think you have an absolute gift. Thank you for sharing your heart and your story.

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