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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: How Each of Us Are To Be
By Jackie Smithwick


A parent who hears the words “autism, mentally challenged, handicapped, or slow”, may feel as if their great expectations and dreams for their child have been crushed. The diagnosis may or may not be the result of someone’s actions, but regardless the reasons, it is done, the bell has been rung and there is no going back into that dream of planning a bright, successful future for that child.

From the moment we enter this world, we are expected to be normal, which is the acceptable view of man. Normal or acceptable to society being upward of the 60-70 percentile of the population, depending upon where we live and who is doing the testing. Man’s idea of normal is based on the only thing he knows, and that is other men. Since man’s knowledge is so limited, who really should determine normal or acceptable? Should it be measured by man or is it measured by the Creator of man?

Behavior, or intelligence worthy of eternal acceptance can only be measured by what is not seen, or in other words, by what is in our hearts. When the pure trusting innocence of a child resides inside of someone, usually it can be witnessed by others. This is what I have seen lately, and I believe it is what God sees as well.

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” Luke 18:17 (KJV)

Spending time with those whom are considered not to be the upper percentile of society and sometimes made fun of, or called names, has reminded me of the importance of looking into the inner person instead of how they look, act, or perform. It has also reminded me of my own short-comings of being trusting, loving, or accepting.These precious, special people may score lower on man’s scale for society, but they are special blessings to those who put forth the effort to know them.

Because they are most blessed their cup runs over and affects everyone around them. With smiles, hugs, and infectious enthusiasm they demonstrate their zeal for life. Trusting and loving others comes naturally, it is not something that should be uncovered or taught. There is no fear of tomorrow, only curiosity and anticipation of what tomorrow holds. Making friends come easily and “hello, how are you, how is your day, or I love you” are words spoken often and with complete sincerity.

So, maybe we should not place our expectations in our own dreams or plans, but place them in the one who created this decoupage of human society and trust His judgement as to how each of us are to be.

““My expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:5
It is the believer’s privilege to use this language.If he is looking for aught from the world, it is a poor “expectation” indeed. But if he looks to God for the supply of his wants, whether in temporal or spiritual blessings, his “expectation” will not be a vain one.”
Morning and Evening Readings, by Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning, February 28.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/02/11
This is a great message. So often we judge by outward appearances and as you so eloquently said it is what is in the heart that truly matters. Great job.
Mildred Sheldon09/02/11
Truly a beautiful story. One that reminds me of those special people. They can teach mans so called normal intelligence groups a lesson in what is important to God. I enjoyed this so much. Thank you for sharing
C D Swanson 09/03/11
This is so true, and was a worthy story to be told. Thanks. God Bless you~
Hiram Claudio09/06/11
An excellent message! And so well told. Thank you so much for re-adjusting our focus and helping us to put it back where it should be.
Lollie Hofer09/06/11
Great message for all of us. Lots of good stuff here to meditate on for a while. Thanks for sharing.
marcella franseen09/07/11
Well done. A very important message! You presented it in a way that was encouraging, as well as admonishing.