What does it mean when I say, “Expect more?” Doesn’t that phrase sound greedy?
Yes, if you look at it in the sense of material things, but I’m talking about us, as human beings. It’s easy enough to give up on commitments, goals, and promises, but don’t ever give up on yourself.
You are created in the image of God. You are a child of the King. You belong to a royal priesthood. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Life in the earthly sense has a way of kicking you when you’re down. Your countenance plummets, confidence suffers, and you fall prey to the lies your subconscious conjures up. Who do you think you are? No one likes you. You’ll never get published, and no one will ever want to read your work. Negativity soars, and you regress into a state of the “I don’t care.”
Hold your head high and dare to be yourself.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV.
You can’t please everyone, so don’t let the opinions of others control how you see yourself. God is on your side. Let him be your advocate. Expecting others to be the keeper of your self-worth is a dangerous thing. Don’t allow it.
The image you have of yourself could hold the key to how you perceive others, which could affect friendships in a positive or negative manner.
How do you survive and succeed in the world today if you don’t expect more of yourself and if you don’t have a confidant, a friend, and a redeemer like Jesus Christ? Expect more when you pray. Expect more when you sing. Expect more when you write.
For me, expecting more is a self-motivating, determination to be all I can be in this life for Him.
-If I expect more of myself in trying situations, I’m likely to make better choices.
-If I expect more of myself in the workplace, I’m more likely to be a better employee.
-If I expect more of myself in my family, I’m likely to show more compassion.
-If I expect more of myself in friendships, I’m likely to be a better friend.
-If I expect more of myself and fail, I must get up, try again, and make it right.
Expect more of yourself and trust God in all things.