Unrealistic, Idealistic Expectations

Sometimes, we have unrealistic idealistic expectations. We all have plans and ideas about how our life will go in the big scheme of things. Down to what we are going to eat for dinner or where we will go on vacation or how we will raise kids. Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to make plans or else we would be floating around with no clue what we want to do with life much less what we want to eat for dinner.

That’s kind of important.

Make those plans, sure. I’m not saying don’t plan at all.

But if you’re like me and find yourself holding too tightly to those plans, then friend, it’s time to let go. The last time I checked, the Bible didn’t say anything about, “For I know the plans I have for me, declares [insert-your-own-name-here], plans for welfare and not for evil, to give myself a future and a hope.”

Thank goodness we are not in charge of our lives. That would be stressful and simply disappointing. Because you know what? As wonderful as we think our plans are, our imaginations are finite. No matter how hard we try, we simply can’t dream up the best life possible.

But God can.

In Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) God says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

He also says in Isaiah 55:8 and 9, (also ESV), “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isn’t that incredible? We can hardly imagine heaven. We could try, but our imaginations won’t do it justice. Remember, they’re finite. But I’m sure we can all somewhat get a picture in our mind of what He’s trying to say here.

God has unique plans for each one of us, and they are incredible. Will we understand all His plans?


Will we like all His plans?

Not necessarily.

Will all His plans be for our ultimate good?

Yes. Absolutely.

And will God’s plans be better than what we’ve dreamt up for ourselves?

Ultimately, yes.

Life is short and throws in the unexpected. Sometimes, whole plans that we’ve charted for our life are altered. If we’re gripping with an iron-fist the plans we’ve made for ourselves, then we miss out on what God wants to show us.

Would we really want to miss out on God’s amazing plans for us simply because we’re holding on too tightly to our own?

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