Expectation v. Hope.
Expectation is not quite the same as hope. The Merriam-Webster dictionary offered up these definitions:
If you check a Thesaurus, hope and expectation are offered as exchange options for each other, but the definitions show the slight nuance of difference and this tiny difference makes a huge impact in our reality.
I recently looked into this as I have a desire to increase my faith. I want to increase my faith in God, in myself, and in my ultimate success. Since profitable success is my focus, whatever it takes to achieve that is under my scrutiny for possible implementation.
During a power (prayer) walk, I believe what I am about to share with you, was whispered to me. In other words, I do not take credit for coming up with this, but being inspired to see things this way.
Hope has an element of possibility (maybe yes, maybe no). Expectation is more definite. Still not seeing it as I do? What about this example, a girl with a belly saying “I hope I am pregnant” versus saying. “My expected delivery is in 3 months.”
Hope is positive, but it carries a tiny possibility of failure with it. Hope is powerful as it gives people a reason to try, but hope can quickly turn to despair if the evidence of success is limited or none existent. When I HOPE to succeed, it is not as potent as my declaration of expecting to succeed.
So I realized I had a big problem! At this point, I had to admit, my dream of success was still in the realm of HOPE. I needed to move my mindset to a stronger sense of certainty. I needed to have an EXPECTATION of success.
Success is relative. To many, I am already successful – and I would be ungrateful to think I am not. However, the success I dream about is a continuous stretch that grows me to continue working for my dream, a dream so big that settling for what I have and where I am is not an option for me. You need to define what success means to you.
Do you hope to have a happy marriage or expect to have it?
Do you hope to find entrepreneurial success or do you expect to have it?
An expectant mindset is very different from a hopeful one. I have now realized that and there is no going back.
The Bible offers a definition of faith this way:
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJV)
The CJB version of the Bible transcribes the same verse to say,
“is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.”
I like the CJB version best because it takes up the notch of hope to a new level. Confident of what we hoped for. CONVINCED about things we do not see.
However, the Paralegal in me likes the KJV version because of the word “evidence.”
My history includes time spent doing crime scene clean ups and being a Paralegal with the Department of Justice. I dealt with a lot of evidence in those days of my life.
Evidence is crucial to confirm or deny a legal theory being presented to the court that will have a life-changing impact on the lives of many. Blood samples taken from a crime scene can confirm the presence of a specific individual at that place, even though none of us saw them there. Evidence takes things out of the realm of possibility and into the space of convinced.
With this new AHA! I had to go back to my Vision Board and revamp my view of the outcomes. I needed to shift my vision from being hopeful to being expectant. This is still work-in-progress because faith is not easy to acquire.
Faith is the single thing a Christian needs to have to please God yet we have so little if any of it.
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, [ ].”
As a Christian, I am embarrassed to admit my insignificant level of faith, but I cannot deny it.
If I had the faith necessary my success would never have lived in the realm of hope but would have been firmly established in the space of expectation.
As I prayerfully work on myself, I invite you to do the same.
The secular world finds it easier to do by focusing on the law of Attraction. This is an actual law and it applies to the Christian just as much as it does to everyone else. The Bible has always referred to this as faithful expectation, and the world calls it the law of attraction. Why can non-Christians find it easier to accept a recent packaging of an ancient concept we Christians have always known about and been invited to enjoy? I did a video on this some time ago that I share with you here:
- Define or redefine your success with language that states it as an expected outcome rather than a hopeful one.
- Write out what you consider evidence of your expectation (proof), so that you have the tangible ways to establish when your expectation is fulfilled.
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