Give Me That Mountain

True Expectations

Health and Healing. Day four...

When I bought a generator a couple of years ago I had to decide between getting one with an electric start or a pull (recoil) start.

An electric start is nice because you don't have wear yourself out pulling on a recoil rope if the generator happens to be a little cantankerous when starting. But a recoil start is nice because you don't ever have to put up with the possibility of having a dead battery.

generator and trimmer

I chose the recoil start both to save a little money and to eliminate the hassle of dealing with another battery. And ever since then the generator has faithfully started on the second pull (whether I'm testing the unit or using it).

Not so with my string trimmer. If the temperature is bit too low then I can pull and pull and pull, but it still won't start. If I prime the fuel system one too many times, it won't start. If it has rolled over on its side in the bed of my truck, it won't start.

Because my generator has been so reliable, when I want to use it I just expect it to start on the second pull. When I want to use my string trimmer, however, I don't have that same expectation. The trimmer is so finicky when starting that I have a very low expectation.

What do you have in your life that you can't count on? Whether it's a lawn mower, a kitchen appliance, or a vehicle, you certainly understand the feeling that occurs when you need to use something that's unreliable and wonder if it's going to work on that particular day.

If our bodies act like just another one of our temperamental possessions, we have an expectation problem—and for good reason.

When we have been hammered with health issues for any length of time we have every reason to lower our expectations. But lowering our expectations will only make matters worse. I know this is counterintuitive, but let me explain.

Obviously, whenever I need to use my trimmer, I want it to start. But if I expect my trimmer to give me trouble, then I'm more likely to have trouble. I'm more likely to mess up the starting procedure by over compensating with the choke, the fuel primer, or something else.

If I expect my body to give me trouble, then I'm more likely to have trouble. With low expectations I'm more likely to mess up the management of my body by responding to symptoms incorrectly. If I don't expect much I won't demand much, and instead of dealing with issues I will tolerate them—putting me in a downward spiral.

We may want to feel better, but we won't feel any better until we begin to expect more from our bodies.

Otherwise, we're just caught up in wishful thinking.

I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day. (Psalm 139:14‐16 MSG)

The foundation for healing is to understand that God wants you to be healed—that God wants you to live in health.

The foundation for healing is to expect to be healed—just because God says so.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2‐5 (NKJV)

The foundation for living in good health is to expect to live in good health—just because God says so.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NKJV)

What you expect has everything to do with what you get.

You cannot expect the worst and get the best. It's just not going to happen, because diminished expectations lead to diminished action, which leads to diminished results. In other words, you can't expect “low” and achieve “high.” Your achievements are born out of your actions, which are born out of your expectations.

If I think that every single person who owns my make and model of trimmer probably has the same problems I have, then I would be insane to raise my expectations. Why would I want to try to figure out how to fix something that was flawed in the first place?

But if I went online and found out that every single person who owns my make and model of trimmer has no problems at all, and gives the trimmer a 100% satisfaction rating, then I would be determined to figure out how to bring my own machine up to that standard.

So who is setting the standard for your health? Are you listening to what God says about you? Or are you listening to all the other voices—including your own?

Have a good day,
Mike

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