Great Expectations


I’m been meaning to write this since we got into our new home here in Nampa, ID. I see it’s been months since I’ve posted anything of my thoughts here. I do update Twitter just about every day though…

When we first got here we thought we’d have to rent something. Then with how the market was it looked like we might be able to buy something small after all. Then God totally blew us away with the house he provided for us. It’s actually the nicest home we’ve ever had. It totally exceeded my expectations. I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful.

Then I realized something. The reason I was so thankful is because my expectations were blown away. And I also realized that the reason I’m not normally so thankful is that I really expect way too much.

William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions said, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” I want to have the kind of expectations that Carey had. If you know about his life as the first missionary to India, his expectations of God were just that God would use him in the circumstances he was in. From what I can tell, he had no expectations about what those circumstances would be. I think Carey learned the secret to contentment that Paul talks about. Perhaps that’s also the secret to thankfulness.

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.  — John 1:16

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