Expectation – Eager Anticipation Constipation
If you have never visited iamsecond.com, take a moment and check it out. They have some video testimonies that will just leave you speechless – in a good way.
I was there today and watched a new video segment that they just put up: The_Parks.
I won’t describe the video here because I don’t want to take away from your viewing it if you have not watched it before but there is a quote from the video that stuck out at me.
You get so confused and wrapped up in expectations that its just easy to kind of go astray.
Expectations. The word just resonated with me. And then in the context of the quote it just clanged on me. These two vastly different impacts caused me to wonder. So, I opened up dictionary.com and looked up the word expectations. There are several descriptions listed there but the one that I was drawn to was this: ‘Eager Anticipation’. That description is why I believe the word expectations resonated with me in the first place. Its a good feeling description that makes you think of children on Christmas Eve, a mother-to-be in her 8 month of pregnancy, or a family a day before a week long vacation at the beach. Those images conjure up emotions of eager anticipation.
Yet, in the context of the quote above, the word takes on a different connotation. Watching the video may make these two things apparent, expectations can be adversely impacted when:
- They are not met, or
- are unreasonably set for us.
I introduced another word in the title of this post that I looked up at dictionary.com and here are the two non-obsolete definitions:
- A condition of the bowels in which the feces are dry and hardened and evacuation is difficult and infrequent.
- Informal. A state of slowing down, sluggishness, or inactivity.
Well, now, that first definition was probably redundant and maybe not even fun to read. However, that second definition is the reason why the word expectations clanged on me in the quote above. And this is why – when our expectations are not met OR when someone places expectations on us that are just not attainable, its so easy to slow down or to become inactive… to just give up. Its no longer about eager expectations because things have gotten all backed up and uncomfortable.
Ever been physically constipated? When that situation occurs, the desire to eat diminishes for apparent reasons. Even though the body needs nourishment to be healthy, food just doesn’t seem like a good thing when previous meals aren’t moving along. Apply that thinking to other areas of life… marriage, faith, work, fun… what used to seem good now appears to be too much because things aren’t moving along the way they were envisioned.
Here’s my question to you. When you have felt constipated in your faith, what type of medicine has helped you?