I've learned that understanding the difference between trust and expectations is crucial .
Trust = Unconditional Expectation
Trust at its core is an unconditional expectation or more simply put, an unrestricted belief in the integrity of someone or something. A great example of trust is ones willingness to jump on a trampoline. You trust that the trampoline has been engineered to handle the weight and tension bouncing creates, so you climb on and jump.
Expectation = Premeditated Resentment
An expectation, apart from trust, can be labeled as a premeditated resentment or an assumption that disappoints. When the outcome your expectation creates is different than you imagined, a resentment is generated. To be clear it’s not unreasonable to have an expectation, it’s what you choose to do with your expectation once it's not been met that makes the difference.
If you remain humble and fluid when an expectation falters, you will continue to be at peace because you trust in the Truth that there is always an answer. This is why I pray every morning, "Help me embrace struggle, so Truth is revealed, acceptance achieved, expectations adjusted, no matter the outcome."
Sadly, if you choose to hold onto your expectation, not only will you be disappointed you will likely feel upset, angry and/or sad. Once your premeditated resentment takes over, there really is no way for a positive outcome to materialize.
In these uncertain times, I encourage everyone to pray this prayer, so you can have the peace that passes all understanding which only trust in Truth can bring.
by Bonnie Penner