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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: Great Expectations (not about the book)
By Laura Brestovansky


I’ve always had great expectations for my life. When I was in junior high I expected to excel in all my high school classes, including advanced placement classes. In high school, I expected to win awards for my oboe solo. In college, I expected to immediately get my dream job upon graduation and work for the New York Times by age 25.
Guess what? None of those things happened: While I did well in school, math and physical education courses were my downfall. While I tried hard, my oboe performances were only mediocre. I most certainly never got to the New York Times. In fact I was fired from my first real job out of college.
I had many other great expectations for my life but few if any of them came to fruition. Instead of being the high-powered journalist or the cloistered nun I expected to become, I am a wife and mother scrambling to build a freelance writing career in between loads of laundry and trips to the grocery store. This is certainly not the life I expected.
At times, I do get discouraged, especially when I get word about family or class reunions. I feel ashamed that I did not fulfill my great expectations and wonder whether I’ve let others down. I wonder also if others are sniggering that my high-flown dreams came to nothing.
However, during my prayer time recently, I’ve come to realize that my great expectations were not important. Nor is it important what others think. God has great expectations for me and those are the ones that count. I need only to try to discern those expectations and try to fulfill them to the best of my ability.
I’ve learned that very few people actually achieve their “when I grow up” dreams. But that’s okay; instead they’ve found themselves exactly where God intends them to be.
Few of us can become rock stars or a corporate big-wig. But it’s more important that we use the talents that God gives us, even if it’s in ways that we never expect. After all, someone has to be a proctologist, an undertaker or a “desk jockey”. The world needs those people too.
I’ve also come to realize that it’s definitely for the best that my great expectations remained unfulfilled. Had I become the New York Times greatest reporter or entered a convent, I would never have met the wonderful man who became my husband. The world would be short the three children God has sent us. Who knows? One of them might become the reporter or the clergy person God wants. Or God might have something even better in mind for them or for my future grandchildren.
Slowly (very slowly), I’m learning to let go of my great expectations and rely on God’s. He is our loving father and like any good parent, He really does know best. I wonder what He’s got planned for us today. I expect it will be something really great.

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Lollie Hofer09/02/11
Amen to God's great expectations for our lives. His ways are always higher and greater. Thanks for sharing from your heart and reminding me that God knows best.
Linda Goergen09/02/11
Great message! Lifes road to our dreams, has many detours and very often we become upset because the road we find ourselves on is not the one we intendedbut somewhere along the line, we realize it is the one God intended and we realize the dreams we sought for ourselves would never be as meaningful as the dreams God had for us and detoured us to! I enjoyed this read very much lots of food for thought within!
C D Swanson 09/03/11
Good job...Love entries filled with thoughts of God and His plans and devotion to us. Thank you. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/08/11
This is a great testimony and a reminder that we need to seek out God's guidance when planning out our lives. That is often hard for me to do as I like to be in control, but I'm slowly learning to Give it to God. Thanks for the lovely reminder.
Danielle King 09/08/11
Congratulations Laura on being highly commended for your entry.
C D Swanson 09/08/11
Congratulations on your "highly recommended place" Nice Job. God Bless~