I have been thinking about how I live my life and how anticipation plays a role. Then I started thinking about whether a person can live life free of anticipation and if they can why would they want to? Is life worth living without anticipation?
I like the word anticipation over expectation as I think it holds a little more weight. One would tend to look forward with joy in anticipation a little more deeply than if there was just an expectation. Anticipation is almost always used as a positive word in that we are looking for something good to happen. When we are thinking in the negative we would use the word expectation. Maybe anticipation sounds like a $10 word and expectations can be a dime a dozen.
As of late I find that I tend toward the negative just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have come to realize I have a problem. As a Christian, I should be living a life of joy. Christ says, in John, that He has come to give us life and life abundant. I am free and have a glorious eternity in my future. Why would I live life any other way but with great anticipation.
I should be looking forward to each day with anticipation as to what the Lord will do in this day. I should be looking forward to each event and facing each challenge with the abilities God has provided. I should be anticipating success as I perform at my highest level and to the best of my ability. I need to recognize the blessings in my life far outweigh the negatives. My life should be one that demonstrates joy, peace and ultimate satisfaction.
The change that I need to make will be a process that takes time. I will need to renew my commitment to anticipation on a regular basis. I have resources at my disposal to make a life of positive anticipation a reality as I rest in the Joy, Peace and Satisfaction provided in the loving arms of my Savior, Jesus Christ.