I want to continue to address the issue of expectations. The reality is that that many of the expectations we put on others relates to discovered or undiscovered personal issues. As adults we deal with pressures all the time and the thoughts that plague our minds; “Am I doing enough?”, “What will they think?”, “It’s my job”, “If I don’t do it?” and the list goes on and on. This is a slippery slope that we all must fight. If this weren’t an issue there wouldn’t be such a high diagnosis of anxiety and other ailments caused by stress. We wouldn’t see as many physical and emotional abuses, and the suicide rate would more than likely be on the decline. I am not foolish enough to say that all these things are caused solely by expectations, but they are linked. So what is the solution? I believe it can be found in the Word of God. “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” (Matthew 6:33, The Message”) “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7, The Message). Filter everything through God’s Word; by doing so, we can find clarity and be able to stand firm against the pressures of reasonable and unreasonable expectations. Another valuable solution is the power of the spoken word; that word is “NO”. The more we learn to stop allowing pressures to weigh over us, the better we will be.