Do your expectations lead to disappointment?

What do you want for your kids? I’m sure we’ve all thought about this. We want to be happy, to be healthy, to have an education, to have somethings better and easier than we did, but other things we want them to work for it. We want them to have friends and relationships with people who love them and look out for their best interests. We want them to go to Heaven after living a full and wonderful life.

I’ve been challenged lately with the thought of wanting things for people rather than from people. I’ve never felt comfortable with the phrases of “I deserve this” or “Aren’t I entitled to this.” I’m more of the mind set “You get what you get and you don’t make a fit.” But even with that I don’t want people to feel indebted to me.

For my friends the things I want for them are simple but complicated. I want for them to go to Heaven. I want for them to feel needed, and appreciated, and loved. I want for them to serve and feel fulfilled on their chosen path.

It’s easy to want things from people. But then I think we always end up feeling jipped, or short-changed, or somehow I think our expectations will lead to disappointment.

What do you want for your children? What do you want for your friends? What do you want for yourself?

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