To have expectations mean that we have already set in our minds that something is supposed to happen. Most times we have already formulated and answered all the questions of “what, when, where, why, and how.” We have the “ought” and “ifs” syndrome.

Consequently, we live eagerly in the future, opposed to the here and now. Yet, the ironic thing is, when the results are not as we had conjured in our minds, then we find fault with someone else. In other words, our expectations are a true set-up for failure; especially if the outcomes are anything different than what we had imagined.

Therefore, the solution is in “letting go.” Let us truly allow a power greater than ourselves to handle those things that we cannot control like: “What if I lose my job? What if I get sick and have no health insurance? What will I do if my parents died?” All of these questions are worries that prevent us from being at our full potential that God intends for us to be.

So, let us step out on faith, trust the process, do not drink or drug, accept those things that we cannot change, change the things we can, and pray for the wisdom to know the difference. Let us rejoice in the Spirit.  We have been told those things that are good, and what the Lord requires of us; to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with the Lord (Micah 6:8). These are an assured formula to prevent chaos from expectations.