“So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you….” –Deuteronomy 10:12 (The Message)
Since we adopted Lexi we’ve had to modify our expectations. She can’t come hiking with us. She can’t go into Petco. She can’t play at the dog park. We’ve accepted Lexi’s limitations; now we don’t expect too much. Does God expect too much from us? Maybe we hope God will modify his expectations. We’re afraid to follow the road he set out. We’re wary of serving him with everything we have. We want to be given a pass. Lexi didn’t get a pass, however. We do expect certain behaviors, and we’ve worked hard to teach her those. For example, she can’t come hiking, but she learned to walk on a leash. God teaches us to walk in obedience to him. God accepts our human-ness—and he doesn’t expect too much.
Dear God, Teach me to live up to your expectations. Amen