“When you want to avoid being disappointed, minimize expectation”. This is the advice of Joel Saltzman an acclaimed writer/teacher of writing.The substance is; don’t set the bar too high until you feel that you can clear it. It is true that we do often give up when we are disappointed with results.
For those who rely upon their own resources. God’s assertion is that we can do all things in Him; that perhaps we cannot set the bar too high. Can and does God keep promises of this sort? Suppose I get it into my head that I want to sing Opera at the Met; play drums in a famous rock band; win the Pulitzer Prize. Doable? Some achieved it. Why not me ?
If we believe that we shape our own destiny, or that it is just a matter or discipline and dedication; the same God that had you “doing all things” has news for us all: What ever our destiny, it will be the result of His plan, His seed. His determination. And, we all do have unique and personal strengths and weaknesses. It is quite possible that I will not win the Pulitzer, but there is still the Metropolitan Opera where I could be a stagehand. I can’t stand rock music, but that’s God’s plan for someone else…… surely it’s got to be done?
Would God then just suggest; “Leave it to me, I’ve got it”. I think not.
He expects us to set the bar again and again until we discover, among all the disappointment and failures, that His voice within every one of us, says in effect: “I expect nothing more from you that absolute commitment to be and do exactly what I intended for you. That voice within you that whispers, shouts, suggests and cajoles is mine. You will know your destiny!”
“That is what you ARE TO EXPECT within My time, not yours. That must not be minimized.”