I could use a summer vacation.
Category Archives: Calvin and Hobbes
How many of us agree with Betty’s husband, Bub? How many of us opt for Calvin’s approach? We may agree that adversity builds character, but we would much rather gain character the easy way. We give mental assent to James 1:2–4
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We just wish the process could be easier and less painful.
Expectations come in all shapes and sizes. Expectations can be too high or too low, realistic or unrealistic, and everything in between. Two comics I saw this week illustrated these facts for me.
Calvin has the expectation that he will inherit his dad’s wealth rather than have to earn money the old fashioned way–working for it. Calvin is the embodiment of our sense of entitlement.
Jeremy wanted to fly under the radar and not be noticed. Instead, he made the mistake of doing something responsible and now people expect him to do it all the time.
As a person, a parent, and a pastor, I’ve encountered these two expectations many times over. I’m seen them in my children, our schools, church members and attenders, and in my own heart as well.
Rather than go with the flow and float along with the norms of culture, we need to ask ourselves the question, “How does God want me to live? What are his expectations for my life?” The apostle Paul certainly raised the bar of expectations when he challenged the Christ followers in the city of Ephesus “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1).