What do people expect from you? Let me back up for a minute. When you get to work in the morning what do your co-workers expect from you in regards to your attitude or outlook? Are you smiling and braving another day with optimism? Are you dreary and mumbling something about coffee? Are you quiet and not interested in any human interaction? Are you encouraging and positive? What does your family expect from you? Are you cheerful and excited about a new day? What about when you get home from work? Are you short tempered and not wanting to hear anything about anyone else’s day? Are you relaxed and easy to be around? Are you in the moment and “present” with your family when you’re together?
I started thinking about this concept of the impression we give others in our everyday lives. Does my son, who still lives at home, say, “oh my mom, she always…” or, “she never…” What impression does he have of me? What has he grown to expect from me? My husband very rarely answers his phone. He just doesn’t have the ringer on…ever. But, this is one thing we can expect from my husband, good or bad. My family can expect that I will cry when watching a movie…no matter what the movie is. I can’t help it.
I want to make sure that I’m showing those around me that my heart is owned by God. I want my responses to be honoring to Him. I have a long way to go. I can make choices today that will change what people will come to expect from me.
Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”