Letting go of everything I hold dear. Relinquishing my expectations of myself, others, even God, has led me to discover:
“… God is not obligated to love me in the way I think He should. He loves me in the way I need it most, which is sometimes in a way I don’t see.” Kim Walker-Smith
God loves me. He just loves me, and you. Not because of anything that we do or don’t do. Not because of, or in-spite of… He just loves us, unconditionally.
And, although nothing can separate us from God’s love, we still must accept His love in our lives.
I sometimes catch myself feeling disappointed in myself, others, and even God. Why? Because I, they, He didn’t live up to my expectations or things didn’t turn out the way I expected. I don’t always realize this until after the fact. “But, God, You promised me?” It takes hindsight sometimes to look back and see that, although things didn’t work out the way I expected, He still had a plan.
I can say from experience, when I dropped the expectations to which I tried to hold others, our relationships drastically improved. When I stopped holding myself to a bar that only I could see, yet not reach, I was able to experience contentment and happiness.
I don’t know why we do it to ourselves and/or others, but I had to stop one day. Realizing that I was upset over things beyond anyone’s control. I was allowing the fact that I, they didn’t live up to the standards I had established. How miserable and upsetting for us all…
It feels so good to not have to be what I think I should be, and instead allow myself to just be.
*Original Image by KayBee05