Unmet Expectations

This is a reposting of an earlier post. It is a good reminder for myself. Hopefully, its helpful for you too.

“You are good at your job.”

“You are serving others well.”

“You are the most humble person I know.”

“You are a good leader.”

The above phrases are great encouragements.  They are words that can affirm us, and in all honesty they feel good to hear.  However, these words cannot become a person’s identity.  These words cannot become my identity.

This is an extremely hard struggle for anyone that is placed in a leadership position.  You cannot let your leadership define who you are.  Others will have expectations of you, and you will have expectations of yourself.  If you find your identity in those expectations, when you fail you will be destroyed.  I spent the latter half of my December coming to this realization for myself.

There is good news, though.  In the wreckage of our own false identity we can find our true identity: one loved and saved by God through the blood of Jesus.  John 3:16 needs to penetrate our hearts so much that we are speechless by the depth of love that the God of the universe has for us:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Eternal life, restored relationship, and a never-ending hope and promise is birthed in Christ.  As I go throughout my day, I must preach to myself my own identity.  I am Abba’s beloved; His child.  Through the brokenness, the unmet expectations, and the moral failures of my life I have to realize that God loves me.  He doesn’t love me for who I could be, but He loves me for who I am.  Don’t get me wrong, God has hope for who we are created to be and who we could become.  However, He sent His Son for who we already are.

Nothing can take away or add to God’s love for you.  It is already full and complete.  If you find yourself growing weary then take rest in being loved by your Abba.

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