Acceptance vs. Expectation


Do you accept things or expect things? Think about that for a second.

When dealing with family, do you accept them as they are or do you expect them to be as you wish?

When dealing with co-workers, do you accept them as they are or do you expect them to be as you wish?

When dealing with friends, do you accept them as they are or do you expect them to be as you wish?

Finally, when dealing with yourself, do you accept you as you are or do you expect you to be as you wish?

Why does it matter either way? One leads to contentment, the other to frustration. When you can accept people as they are, you will be content. When you have expectations for people, you will be continually frustrated.

Consider these Bible verses:

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7:14

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Philippians 4:11-12

No where does these verses talk about our expectations for ourselves or others. The key to contentment and happiness is to accept what we have, who we are and who others are.

Now, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to better ourselves. To the contrary, we should always do our best in everything we do. But, we shouldn’t put our expectations on ourselves or others.

Leave your thoughts and comments and below.

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3 thoughts on “Acceptance vs. Expectation

  1. I accept the way i am and i accept the way my family, friends, and coworkers are, but i do expect myself to strive to be the best in eveything i do.

    1. Exactly, Michael! Strive to do our best, but be accepting of who/what we are.

      Great comment and thoughts Michael! Thanks for sharing!

      Don

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