What do you expect?

here are the slides from today     wide awake – expect

here are the slides from last week    wide awake – adapt

Today we talked about expectation.  As an intro and in reality, what is a great summary of this entire book is the Cadet Maxim…

Risk – more than others think is safe
Care – more than others think is wise
Dream – more than others think is practical
Expect – more than others think is possible

This is a great summary of living Wide Awake.  Having these four goals is a wonderful summary of this book and this mission we are on as men of God.  The world needs us fully alive.  The world needs us “expecting” great things.  Remember Coach Pete Carroll’s comment of “Day to day, I keep expecting something good to happen.”  It’s a mindset.  It’s a posture of leaning forward into life instead of shrinking back.

Life is tough.  We’ve talked about this all Spring.  It beats you up.  You expect, you dream and your dreams don’t come true.  One man this morning said in essence he doesn’t feel like a hawk or an eagle but rather a squirrel.  That’s life.  Shattered dreams.  Hopes dashed.  And after enough of that, we begin to take it personally.  We begin to take it “inward” personally.  We own it.  We make agreements with it.

And so… the next time we venture out to take a risk and dream a little and expect something good to happen, that little voice appears and says, “You know, you are a failure, right?”  And we shrink back.

Lies.  All lies.

You may be right here.  You may feel like a total failure.  A divorce.  A porn addiction.  Financial problems.  A dead-end job.  Children who’ve gone off the rails and are lost.  All of these may be a fact.  But you don’t have to make agreements with them.  You don’t have to take one failure – or five failures in a row – and make it pervasive.  By pervasive, I mean you take that failure and spread it to other areas of your life.  “I failed in business, so I’ll just go ahead and start a fight with my wife.”  That kind of pervasiveness.  And you sure don’t want to make it permanent i.e. to make a full agreement that I’ll always be a failure.  This is where the enemy strikes at our heart.

Don’t buy the lies.

You are NOT a failure.  You may have failed but there is a huge difference between failing and being a failure.  Don’t believe it.  No, instead believe the truth of the Cross.  Believe that He created you to create.  Imagined you to imagine.  Dreamed you up so you can dream.  Believe you are a Masterpiece uniquely created, uniquely gifted, uniquely loved.  You are no squirrel.  You are a stallion.  A warrior.  A bald eagle.  A red-tailed hawk.  A lion.  You are a man of God.  Believe that.

If you believe that Jesus got up and walked out of that tomb, you’ve got to believe you can expect “more” of this life than you are presently believing.  You’ve got to expect that God still has great plans for you.  You are needed – oh so desperately needed.  This world needs you to believe, needs you to expect.  It is going to hell in a hand basket.  Quickly.  Shockingly.  Over the falls kind of quickly.  It needs you to believe.  Faith is not a gift just for you.  It is a gift to you so you can be a gift to others.  In order for you to be able to give it away, you’ve got to believe.  You have to expect.

“So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For in a little while, he who is coming and will not delay but my righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”  Hebrews 10:35

Don’t shrink back.  Lean forward into life.  Expect.  Day to day, keep expecting something great to happen.  I can testify that if you will take this posture on and own it, God will show up in lots of ways you’ve previously been missing.  He loves you.  Expect Him to show up.

 

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