Yesterday I read a
on how to reduce stress in my life.
Don't believe for a minute . . . you'll get the number of servings the recipe says you will . . . you can perform a complex computer task with a single click of the mouse . . . your call is important to them . . . the "push here on red" button will get you across the street any faster . . . you're indispensable to your company . . . your cake will look anything like the one illustrated on the box . . . the battery will last anywhere near what they claim. Get smart. Lower your expectations.
That's right! I can
reduce my stress
in life if I don't believe the claims, think of myself as dispensable, lower my
, and basically, just
plan to be disappointed
Know what? I am not only
by that tip-of-the-day, I am
Lower my expectations? Settle for less?
Don't take me wrong. I know I can’t believe all of the claims I hear. I agree there are times when I do trust them and find myself stressed. Like when I spend two hours assembling something that clearly states on the box can be assembled in
five easy steps
I began thinking about Valentine's Day in light of this stress-reducing tip. Many people have high expectations of how they will feel loved today. Many have a little jingle playing in their heads ~
~ and dream of a small velvet box filled with something that sparkles! Many envision how the events of the day will fall into place to create the ultimate romantic evening. And, I predict, many will be stressed out if their valentines do not live up to their hopes and expectations.
is not feeling so good. In fact,
is asleep on the couch hoping the combination of decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants work its
to help him feel better.
The sight of
lying there in his sweats could be cause for disappointment. I mean ~ nobody is receiving breakfast in bed this morning and there won't be much hugging and kissing going on. It is just not going to be that kind of day!
When we base our view of love on what the world claims, we are in for disappointment!
I am thankful that there is a love that
does not disappoint
; not based on circumstances or the actions of others. A love that is as much an act of the will as it is a response of the heart . . . that seeks the highest good of another . . . with claims that are trustworthy and believable. It is a love that
circumstances that seeks to disappoint.
Love is patient; love is kind and is not jealous;
Love does not brag and is not arrogant,
Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own,
Is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4-7
Here is a new
for Valentine’s Day ~
Don't believe in what the world calls love . . . you will get what you deserve . . . it is all about you . . . love comes in small velvet boxes . . . it is alright if he yells at you ~ at least he comes home at night . . . she better look great . . . if it doesn’t feel right, find someone new . . . Get smart. Raise your expectations.
Decide today to embrace
a love that does not disappoint . . .
and expect your relationship to be transformed.