The weekend could not have been better. It exceeded my rather lofty expectations, not because we had perfect weather, although we did; not because ten people traveled from all over the US without incident, although they did; and not because the home we stayed in and the lake we played in were beautiful and inviting, although they were; but because of the time we spent together.
We would have played Euchre, laughed, shared our joys and sorrows, and danced along with old songs lined up on a play list even if it had been raining. Our meals would have been enjoyable even if they hadn’t featured Pacific salmon and fresh lake perch. We would have found something else to do without a lake or a boat. Well, maybe not, for that was tough to beat.
My highest expectation for the weekend was to enjoy my friends, and that I did. Exceedingly. It strikes me that a simple expectation of enjoying relationships might be a winning strategy for life.
Our weekend was like a painting created by good friends, each freely splashing her unique color and style onto a canvas. It was a relational masterpiece beautifully framed by excellent conditions. When I stand before artistic genius in an art museum, my eyes take in the image on the canvas; the frame is never my focus.
Our relationships are the artwork of our lives. The other stuff is just the frame.
The foundational relationship in my life is my relationship with God through his Son, Jesus. When I set an expectation of simply knowing and enjoying him, I am never disappointed.
Let your life’s artwork reflect God and it will be a masterpiece that far exceeds your expectations. In one conversation that resonates with me as representative of our weekend, my friend Ruthie talked about how God has given her a life beyond her wildest dreams. She said, “I never imagined I would live the life I’m living now.” Amen.
On what, or whom, have you set expectations for your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts on expectations or on how God has exceeded yours.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).