Have you ever wondered about God's expectations for your life?
If you haven't, maybe you ought to take a moment to think about it. How many of us know exactly what His expectations are?
Let's take a moment to look at this verse from Proverbs 15:15
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
This verse doesn't say "oh but there are strings attached" or "you must do this to get this". It simply says that a cheerful heart has a good life.
God wants amazing things for us but what amazing looks like will be different for each of us. Amazing for me may be a large family with a home in the mountains. For you it may be a certain car that allows you to reach out to someone in need. For someone else it may be money to support family falling on hard times. A good life happens regardless of circumstance according to God.
Have you set the bar impossibly low though? Have you set it at "just scraping by"? Are you missing opportunities that God is offering you because of your expectations versus His for your life? Are you rejecting His blessings because they don't fit your plan?
Planning is a wonderful thing! I am a planner by nature but I can tell you, it can be a huge stumbling block in trusting God. Plan so you know which way you are headed, but do so in prayer and hand your plans over to Him. Remain flexible in your path to get to your goals. God knows your heart, He knows what you want and He knows what is best for you. Stay in open communication with Him and be willing to work hard, not just in your daily life but in your direction for the future.