Vision vs. Expectation
Last Sunday our pastor was preaching on the book of Acts and the vision for our Church. He referenced Proverbs 29:18
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" – KJV
It seems that the people also perish, when expectations aren't met. I believe though, that there is a difference between vision and expectations.
Expectation is a feeling that seems to just happen to us and rears it's ugly head when our expectations aren't met. Someone does the opposite of what we expected them to do and our ambiguous expectations become crystal clear as they're framed by disappointment. A lot of expectations aren't revealed until it's too late. When our expectations are revealed after the fact, it makes expectation look and feel dishonest. Expectation is a lonely job, often capped by deciding "we just won't have any expectations", believing we are insulating ourselves from the disappointments of life. Most of the time though, we don't consciously form our expectations. They pop up as a reaction to everyday situations.
But vision…. Vision is glorious. Vision is life-giving. Vision births a dream in advance and works to honestly clarify authentic direction. Vision leaves room for change, growth, and the unexpected.We never need to be protected from vision, because it is fluid and in motion, it can handle changes in direction. Vision is an overall guide, the goodness of what we want things to be. It is alive and active. Vision respectfully includes others and never quits, never gives up.
Question: Are you living with a series of private expectations that are impossible for others to meet? Or are you casting a life-giving vision that includes all people?