living up to expectations

I grew up as a pastor’s kid & there were lots of positive things about that – people seemed to be extra nice, they’d give me more candy, I had the privilege of meeting some really cool people, etc.  One thing that is tricky for every pastor’s kid (and probably for everyone on the planet) is the idea of living up to someone else’s expectations & then dealing the the fallout from someone’s disappointment.  This is a difficult path to navigate for anyone, despite their age, background or experience.  But here’s my sense on this topic:  lots of people have lots of different expectations of me.  Some of these expectations are sensible and some are silly.  At the end of the day, when the dust settles, the one I most want to please is Jesus Christ and He already thinks I’m really cool.  So with this in mind, I know that I will disappoint people from time to time & I won’t meet everyone’s expectations, nor should I.  But I want to live to bring my Savior fame, pleasure & honor – all very noble, healthy & constructive goals 🙂

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