Guest blog by my stellar student
In childhood we constantly hear, “What do you want to be when you grow up.” At 52, I still ask myself that question. Today, we live under the impression and pressure that the sky’s the limit. We create great expectations for ourselves and for others. Fears of not measuring up or of missing out on the prize often inflate our answers and our egos. One of my favorite novels, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations tells how bigger-than-life ambitions have the power to crush joy. Dickens’ title references a poem by Philip Sidney who nicknames our great expectations “friendly foe.” These expectations ultimately get in our way of living a life that pleases God. Through the years I’ve learned my “friendly foe” starts innocently enough, but easily becomes a tempter driving me to be noticed, proud, right, praised, or envied. Which of your ambitions, or those others have laid out for you, might crush your joy?