They're universal. We all have them, right?
I love finding things that are universal. It makes me feel just a bit more connected to everyone. Connected to you.
On Sunday I learned a little something about these expectations we all have.
Our pastor described that we each have a bar where we set our expectations. In most cases, we set our expectations up high, right?
Brad loves me, and he knows I didn't get to sleep until late. I'm sure he's going to get up with the girls this morning, and let me rest a bit longer.*
So, what happens, when Brad doesn't get up with the girls, and my expectations aren't met? When I had my bar set up high, and he came in on the low bar?
How do I fill that gap between what I expected, and what actually went down?
It's easy, especially when I'm tired, to fill that gap with anger and resentment:
Grrrr! Doesn't he know how tired I am! I get up with these girls every day! Can't he just get up and let me sleep?!*Or, I can fill the gap with grace:
He works so hard all week. I'm so glad I can give him this time to get some extra rest.Sometimes, grace isn't easy to give, especially when there's sleep involved!
Truth? I can probably recall more times when I've been extended grace for falling short of others' expectations, than I can times when I extend grace.
Selfish, isn't it? I'll take it, but I don't want to give it!
I like to think about it like this:
When I fill the gap with grace, it's like filling two cookies with ice cream or frosting--whatever your pleasure--it shapes up the day to be sweet.
But, when I choose anger, frustration, resentment--it's like the poop I spray off the girls' cloth diapers--it stinks and there's absolutely nothing good about it.
How do you fill the gap when your expectations aren't met?
*Brad gifts me at least one morning during the weekend to sleep in, and it's pretty much amazing!