• Rich Handley


Relationships come and go. Friends and family can slip out of our lives at a moment’s notice, never to be seen again.

Jesus teaches us to have no expectations, not even of our families. He speaks strongly on this in the scriptures and the point is well taken.

Practicing the directive of no expectations can free us from much pain, judgment, and condemnation. We can have faith that God will meet all our needs in spite of what things look like out in the world. Just the other day I made a recommitment to Jesus. I told him in my heart that he is the one and only, the true one I can count on. Jesus wants to know that when we call on him he has our hearts.

When we expect nothing from anyone else but Jesus a big burden is lifted off our shoulders. I actually say it under my breath when I feel myself drifting in that direction. I say, “I have no expectations for so and so, all my expectations are on Jesus Christ.” Oh my gosh! What a liberating notion! But be prepared to be tested. No lesson comes without a follow-up.

You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot follow me unless you love me more than you love your own life. Luke 14: 26

Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they? Isaiah 2: 22

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalm 118: 8

Love and blessings,

Rich H.

photo: (Wild roo browsing the lawn at dawn)


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