Hope and Expectation – Sorry Seth, I Disagree on This One

I enjoy reading Seth Godin, his common sense yet often outside the box (there’s a box???) angles and observations. Even his strictly business-based thoughts have great, practical application to living and interacting with my fellow man. Those observations are often keen and always well thought out. I find myself nodding in agreement almost every day. Yesterday was no exception…at first. Being a lifetime disappointment avoider, I too steer clear of expectations, not wanting to deal with the inevitable emotional crash, which is much worse than a post Mt. Dew crash following a 64 oz. Big Gulp binge.

Hope and Expectation (April 13 blog) – Seth Godin

Hope is fuel, it moves us forward and it amplifies our best work.

Expectation is the killer of joy, the shortest route to disappointment. When we expect that something will happen, we can’t help but be let down…

Seth is dead on, from a purely earthly human perspective. Being an earthly human, I thought, “Right on dude. Expect and ye will be disappointed, that’s why I’ve always classified myself as an optimistic realist. Hope for the best, expect the worst – either way I’m not let down.” Or something like that. Only this particular go round (maybe its this section of life) my philosophy didn’t sit quite so well. It felt a lot more like fence straddling than a well thought out survival strategy. Even after hitting the delete button, the unease continued. “Too quiet,” I thought, enjoying the peace of the motel room. Sara had spent the last night of the volleyball tournament with other girls, swimming and doing whatever girls do.

If hope is the fuel that moves us on, then the journey must be without destination if there is no expectation of what the hope brings. The thought of Habakkuk standing his watch and waiting for what God had to say kept running through my mind. Expectations from lesser beings and things will inevitably bring disappointment. Even our family and best friends can let us down, as we do them. Expectations from God to fulfill His promises are a different matter. Without the expectation, there is no hope. If we only hope that what He promises is true, then salvation and eternity are just another crap shoot, and we should hedge our bets if we are smart.

To only hope God will act, to not fully expect Him to do what He says He will do, is not really faith, it’s just, well…hope! We are to be full of hope, but expectant hope. I, for one, need to raise my expectation level! Sorry Seth, I disagree on this one.


  1. I love the way you think…sometimes have to really think myself to get it but I love when I see your insight!!