Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. ~ Proverbs 13:12
I came across a reference to this scripture in something I was reading the other day about having unrealistic expectations of yourself and others. “Prov 13:12” was just stuck in there in parentheses, so I stopped and went to look it up. I read it, and then double checked that I had the right verse because this didn’t seem to have anything to do with unreasonable expectations as far as I could tell. So I pulled it up under a half dozen different Biblical translations, and it still wasn’t clicking for me. I read it again, and just sat and thought for a while. I’m no Biblical scholar – the furthest thing from it! But maybe this means if we set our hopes too high – all our hopes, even the trivial “how clean the house is”, “what size jeans I wear” hopes – we’re making our hearts sick, deferring the joys we could be experiencing in something that’s plenty good enough. Not to say that we shouldn’t aim high, and always hope for the best . . . but maybe what we’ve already got is pretty freakin’ awesome if we’d just stop for a moment and appreciate it.
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