Growing up in the Midwest, you would hear rumblings about a potential snow day. It would start with a classmate at recess, then maybe confirmation from your teacher, and finally, your parents would spill the beans that yes there is a possibility.
Going to bed, knowing there is a possibility, was almost like Christmas Eve anticipation. Trying to force yourself to sleep. Then jumping out of bed, running to the window to see if there was some white gold on the gold. If there were snow, the radio and television would be turned on to the look at the closures announcement. Our school district started with “W,” and I grew up in a large city, it could take awhile to see our the districts name.
Then finally, “Washington Local Schools – Closed”!!!
We would jump up for joy, thinking more video game time and getting to watch Price is Right. But not so fast, sometimes Mom had plans, whether it was going shopping, heading to grandma’s house, or being attended by another adult.
All that expectation ruined by the possibility of something good. There are only a few things worse than expecting something, then having those expectations and dreams broken by a different reality.
But the Bible speaks of the promise of having the right expectations.
Proverbs 10:28 say’s “The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.” (LEB)
The great hope of the righteous is the afterlife, and placing your expectations of this great promise brings gladness. How can this be? The most straightforward answer is that having an afterlife focus, should make you live a life about others and not about you. And when your life a selfless life, then you will have a sense of gladness and purpose.
The other opposite is true as well, as a pastor, I’ve gone through enough counseling sessions dealing heartache and brokenness. And the primary culprit of this pain is selfishness.
Selfless brings gladness while selfishness brings pain. And that is why we must fight the urge to be all about “me,” and more about the “we.”
You can’t expect your day to end up the way you wanted it to, but you can hope in God’s promise of everlasting life.