Let me start off by saying I am not a fan of coffee. I love the smell, but don’t really like the taste. No matter how many different flavors are in the drink, I manage to always find the taste of coffee, and still don’t like it. Therefore, when I go to Starbucks I get tea. I love tea! I could drink it everyday, hot or cold, any flavor, you name it, I like it! This week, I tried something different. Someone asked me to try a pumpkin spice latte, or psl for short. Oh another thing, I’m not a fan of pumpkin flavored beverages or foods either. I wasn’t too excited about trying the drink, especially since I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. But, I tried it anyways. After all, I had only heard good things about the drink, and figured that if so many people were talking about it, a pumpkin spice latte must be good regardless of me not liking pumpkin or coffee. Well, I was wrong. Very wrong in fact. I loved the whipped cream on top, and ate as much of that as I could without drinking any of the drink itself. If you like them, that’s okay, we can still be friends. But, it didn’t taste at all what I thought it would taste like. I built it up to be something it wasn’t.
I think we do this a lot in life. We build up our expectations for things: relationships, classes, friendships, meals, events and even drinks, only to be disappointed because it’s not how we imagined it. I find myself very guilty of this. I think that a certain youth group event or class will be great, and I keep thinking of all the wonderful things that could happen only to be disappointed. Not because the event or class wasn’t great, it just wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think that my relationship with God is like this sometimes. When people ask where I am at in my faith (which they do a lot, mostly because I work in a church), I say I’m growing and things are great when in reality they are just okay. There’s nothing wrong with saying things are just okay, or things being just okay, but in my head my faith, my relationship with God, is built up and it only disappoints me. I’m not saying that’s the case right now, in fact, honestly, I am working really hard to make my faith more of a priority than it currently is. Hold me accountable to it, I dare you! But think about it, when do we build things up only to be disappointed by them? I hope that this week, you aren’t disappointed by something you built up in your head, but instead are pleasantly surprised by all the things God has planned for you.