It’s a critical question to answer, “What do you expect out of life?” because most people spend the bulk of their time living out those expectations.
When I was a farmer, I expected to grow robust crops that produced prodigious yields so we could make lots of money and grow more crops the next year so we could make even more money, and then grow even more crops the year after that so we could make even more money… And I suppose you can see where I’m going with this… People throw their time and energy into realizing their expectations.
So, if you want to live a super productive life and look back on your accomplishments later on with genuine satisfaction, and joy that you pursued worthy goals, it’s healthy to get those expectations formed aright at an early stage!
We harvest the crops we plant.
So, what are your expectations for life? Are they temporal, susceptible to loss and theft? Or are they eternal, producing the kind of benefits that stay with you forever and continue to grow and grow and grow in value and worth like an excellent investment made for the long term?
Jesus had a clear sense that the most worthy goals to pursue involved seeking the things of the Spirit—the love, joy, peace and health that come from seeking the kingdom of heaven now, and not waiting until after death to learn that death doesn’t bump one into heaven. Increased spiritual understanding and faithfulness to Christ is the route to eternal life!
In answering my own question, I hope to grow in love each day, learning how to love more unselfishly, how to be more patient, more understanding, more compassionate, more forgiving and generous without fear of loss, and to get so close to God in my thought that I never feel separated.
I expect to pay the bills that keep my family going, too, but I’ve learned from experience that when you keep your spiritual priorities right and demonstrate an ever-increasing love and devotion to God in everything you do, the human side of things flourishes.
What are your umbrella expectations for tomorrow?