Expectations are everything!
So what do you expect?
This is a huge issue for many ministers. Far too many of us have very unrealistic expectations of ourselves, our work, and the congregations we serve.
At this point, someone might want to quickly interject, “But I think we ought to have high standards. Isn’t the bar already very low?” OK. Good point.
Yet, I want to suggest that we make assumptions and then move toward unrealistic expectations. These assumptions and expectations might include:
- If I work very, very hard, people will appreciate me and know I am competent and worthwhile.
- If I do a good job with my ministry, the key leaders in my congregation will certainly support and affirm me.
- If I just explain and prove to my key leaders what we need to do as a church, they will see that this is obviously the approach that ought to be taken.
- If I am competent and skilled, the congregation I serve will grow and we will experience few problems.
Maybe some of us have expectations of ourselves and others that are far too high, while our expectations of God are far too low.
Does any of this sound familiar? I would love to hear your thoughts.