Thanksgiving and Unmet Expectations

What do we do with unmet expectations?

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Many people will spend time surrounded by loved ones, but many won’t. There will be people tackling unmet expectations during the holidays. Whether it be loss, broken family, or not having the monetary means to have the kind of Thanksgiving they want to have.

Unmet expectations can cause us to feel inadequate. They can make us feel inferior. They can cause us to obsess over our sufferings or hardships. Don’t misunderstand me, of course you’re going to have feelings. But when those feelings threaten to overtake us, we can remind ourselves of truth.

There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18)

Riches here don’t matter, Heaven is the only place where riches never disappear. (Matthew 16)

The losses we feel in this world will all pass away. We will some day be in a place of no more suffering or tears. (Revelation 21)

I pray you’re able to enjoy Thanksgiving this year. If not, just remember this is the “pre-life”. This life is a vapor (the good and the bad). With Christ, the life to come will give us a constant reason for giving thanks. In the meantime to our ultimate comforter, Christ.

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