Suffering and Expectations

Life is uncomfortable. Our business is dominating our lives and finances and bookkeeping are driving me crazy. At the office we’re constantly dealing with problems with scheduling and employee and marketing issues. There is no joy in what we’re doing any more. We need a few “God winks” moments to build our faith that God is in what we do.
My only recourse is Hebrews 12:10-11: “… God disciplines us for our good, that we might share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (TNIV) Link this up with Romans 5:3-5 “… Tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” We’re having a tough time and, relatively speaking, we’re suffering. It’s relative because our so-called suffering does not compare with the millions of Syrians who are refugees in their own homeland and abroad, or the millions displaced Africans because of violence, or the victims of terrorist bombing in Africa, the Middle East, and SE Asia, or the millions who suffer from poverty, child prostitution, drug gang wars, etc. In comparison, we’re wallowing in luxury.
So, what’s my problem? It’s all expectation. One with the character of Christ would recognize we’re blessed and not cursed. We live in wealth, ease, and comfort that we take for granted. My complaints are but whimpers because I expect too much. It’s my calling to let God have his way with me because his Spirit has been poured out into my heart and God is dying to reach out and love others through me—only if I let him, only if I get off my selfish expectations and stop gratifying my insatiable lust for more of what this world offers.

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