One of the reasons people struggle so much with life is they expect it to be something it isn’t. They expect to be fulfilled by products, relationships and even religion as though this is going to be the “Act 3 Climax” of life. But Biblically, the complete climax of life doesn’t happen at conversion, it happens when we are reunited with God. Adjusting expectations, therefore, frees people to be happy and grateful for the good things they experience on earth.
A study done of the happiest countries named Denmark as the world’s happiest country. I believe America was 32nd on that list. And when researchers took a closer look, they realized the key characteristic that made people in Denmark so happy was, and you won’t believe this, they had generally low expectations in life. They were always pleasantly surprised at how things turn out.
So in Christian culture, when we increase our manmade expectations (and trick ourselves into thinking this is faith in God) we are setting ourselves up for emotional instability. But the Bible does not set false expectations for us. The lives of the Apostles testify to this. So ours is a life filled with hope of what will come. We are like that bride, excited about her coming wedding, still thick with the frustrations that come with betrothal.
Things this post does not say: You can’t be content or fulfilled (in an earthly sense). What we are really talking about here is that intuitive sense that something is wrong with the world and that something needs to happen to fix it. Marketing companies play on this intuitive sense all the time. So does self-help philosophy and prosperity theology. But Biblical theology puts this event at the reunion you’ll have with God.
*This video is from the Million Miles Tour and is also a chapter in A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
(this is a repost from the archives)