Five Minute Friday — Expect

Another Friday. Another Five Minute Friday post.

Sometimes the prompt easily triggers the mind. Other times, it’s more of a struggle. That was this week.

I don’t have to tell you the drill — I’ve done that many times over — but there is something different. The link is now on Facebook at I hope to see some of you there.

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you know how much value FMF has for me. I’ve asked you to join in [you really, really should]. It’s quick. It’s easy {okay, sometimes not always}. It’s challenging. And it’s oh so rewarding. But don’t take my word for it. Here is what Kelly has to say, taken from snippets in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Don’t listen to me. Listen to her.

“I happened across FMF and started participating on a whim, just f initially. or the fun of it. But looking back, it became more meaningful than I may have realized initially. Sometimes the word for a particular week just fit into what God was teaching me lately, and sometimes I would read others’ posts and find they were very similar to my own. In short, FMF meant I was not alone. It was a weekly reminder God will never leave or forsake us, and also He surrounds us with people to share life with.”

The timer is set. The prompt is EXPECT. It’s time to GO…

I really had trouble with the prompt word. Expect is a verb. But it can be passive or active.

We’ve all experienced the question, “What do you expect …?” as a salary? as your obligations? for the future?

But we also can use it differently, like “I expect…” pointing to a future event. So it could be either our active thought or more probative.

I’m not sure which way the neurons will go with this, primarily because I try not to have high expectations. I’m more reactive. When asked how much I expected as a salary, my answer would be what are you offering? I do not like to make demands. I do not like to dip in expectations.

I look forward to each new day, but I don’t expect it to go on forever. I know there will be a day when I’ll meet my Maker. Of that I’m sure, and I don’t have an expectation for that face-to-Face meeting, … STOP

… I have a promise. I know — and I expect I will tell my Savior — I don’t deserve eternal salvation. I deserve eternal damnation. But I’ve been promised I have been forgiven! I don’t expect to be welcomed … I know I will be welcomed in heaven.  I don’t expect the Book of Life to be a clean slate … I know it’s a totally blank page.

Well, that’s the train track of thought my mind followed this week. What do you expect… either today, over the next few years or eternity?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: True happiness isn’t about having a perfect life … it’s about finding that place in your heart where all the crazy meshes.



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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Expect

  1. I love how you brought out the difference between expect and know. There are things I know. I don’t expect them, like I’m hoping for them. We don’t always get what we expect. I’m no 65 on FMF. Have a blessed week.

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  2. Great post, as usual…you’re very articulate, very skilled.

    One thing…you don’t deserve eternal damnation. Your blood debt has already been paid; it’s part of the past, that bit that is as far as the east is from the west.

    When you run into The Dude, just say, “Thanks, bro.” That’s enough.

    #1 at FMF this week.


  3. Cheryl says:

    I like your take on expect and know when it comes to eternity. “I don’t expect…I know…” In eternity, we rest in the truth of scripture as we look forward to that day when we meet the Father face to face.


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