We eight Canadians who graduated from Charis Bible College had a hoot presenting a spoof at the end-of-the-year talent show. It highlighted instructors' quirks, but our winter clothing and sports equipment with summer close to arriving in this part of the world also made a statement. We were saying that, like other nations spread over vast geographic areas, Canada includes a variety of climate zones. Some have no idea that Arctic conditions only exist in the extreme north.
With technology making information available throughout the world, we take for granted that people are in the know. We only need to look at ourselves to realize that is not true. We pay attention to what affects us and to what catches our interest. Our knowledge of other cultures is very limited. So is our care for others. We learn what we care about.
Life can become rich if we are outward-focused. The Lord Jesus taught us to care for others and treat them as we want to be cared for. (Matthew 7:12) When we manage to do this, we have joy, but Jesus did not mention any guarantee that the ones we are considerate of will return kindness.
Expectations are important. They motivate us and keep us looking forward in our daily lives. We can be crushed or exhilarated depending on whether they are met. A huge dose of frustration can be avoided when our expectations are in a secure place.
When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will be a blessing to those around us. If our purpose is to please God, we can't be disappointed by the way others respond to us. Whatever people enjoy from our doings is a by-product. Our joy comes from the loving relationship believers share with Father God.
Jesus set the priorities for us when He said we should first love God with a whole heart; then love others as ourselves. (Mark 12:30,31) Father God knows and understands each of us completely. In the long term we will reap what we sow. From day to day our expectations will never be disappointed if we are resting in Him. And we will bless the Lord as we come to know and love others.