Great Expectations

It began with “The Decision”—LeBron James’ announcement that he was leaving Cleveland to join his buddies in Miami with the Heat. Then came the party at the beach, and the predictions of 70+ wins and multiple titles for the south Florida team. With the start of the NBA season, however, the euphoria has been replaced by worried looks and wringing hands on South Beach. The Heat have been cold, starting 9-8 and not coming anywhere close to the expectations mapped out for them. The pressure of those expectations have, at least to this point, been a burden the Miami team has not been able to carry—resulting in great disappointment for Heat fans.

Life is like that. We get excited and build up expectations that are often unrealistic, then find ourselves filled with disappointment when life doesn’t live up t our great expectations. The Bible, however, calls us to look at life through a different lens. Instead of looking through the lens of expectations, we are called to hope. Notice what Paul says in Romans 5:

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

Notice Paul’s words. “Hope does not disappoint.” Why? Not because life always fulfills our expectations, but because we have the love of God. If our hopes and dreams are in the tings of this life, we are bound for disappointment—but if out hope is in our God, that hope will not disappoint. It is secured by God’s love and the presence of the Spirit in our lives.

Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain