Anyone out there ever feel like you just can’t meet everyone’s expectations? Anyone? Oh girl, I do.
We can get pretty stressed out when we feel like we fail to meet other’s expectations for us…
We can’t volunteer for that fund raiser. We don’t call or write that loved one as often as we should. We can’t keep the house clean enough, or the fridge full enough, or the calender empty enough! The list goes on and on.
Expectations come in many forms, but one thing they have in common is how we feel when we don’t meet them… downright lousy!
Over my years of Air travel, I’ve accumulated well over 100,000 miles!
Although those miles have taken me to lots of different places, there is one thing all those airlines and all those flight attendants have in common… those safety briefings!!
Some flight attendants announce the safety instructions with perfect diction and drama. Some mumble their way through the 5 minute predictable discourse. And, some drone on so long that it makes me wish for a power outage and those little red lights to illuminate the floor leading to an emergency exit so I could get out of there!!
I know the job of informing passengers is important, I just think it’s humorous how many different presentation styles there are!
But, no matter the style or script, the flight attendant always instructs you to “put on your mask first before assisting the passenger next to you.”
I’ve been on the phone, and on my knees, a lot lately because I have some friends that are really struggling. Health issues, relationship hurts, financial worries, and just plain stress seem to be epidemics in my little part of the world.
Can you relate? Oh, I bet you can.
I want to help lift them up out of their despair, fear, or disappointment. But, in and of myself, I can’t. That is God’s deal and I know He will.
All I can do is pray and encourage them.
While I was trying to encourage them, it dawned on me… no matter who I am talking to, and no matter what their problem may be, my encouragement seems the same.
Wanna know what it is?
It’s way simple because life is too complicated for encouragement to require an instruction manual!
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