Overwhelmed by Perceived Expectations?

July 18, 2017

Shawn and Micah take over the podcast, while the beloved professor, Mark, is off on a European vacation. Following his vacation he’ll head to Moldova, where Micah will meet him, to do some pastoral discipleship & training with believers there.

Today we chat about the overwhelming amount of information coming at us every day, through social media and other avenues, and how to deal with the pressure that comes from living up to everyone else’s standards. We perceive a crushing weight of expectations, from the church and people around us who seem to “have it all together.” How do we know if we are doing the things that God call us to, without feeling the burden of others’ expectations?

This isn’t really a conversation about time management, though our busyness can contribute to the feeling of overwhelm. We can be busy doing “good things” and still feel as though it is all futile. We talk about how to choose the “first best thing,” which requires discrimination and discernment.

Are we prioritizing the right things? One way to find out is to ask your wife. Ask her to share 1 or 2 things that are a priority for your family. Work on those things to develop a new habit. Growth takes time and patience.

Ps. 4:6-8 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


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We referenced a couple of previous episodes…

When our Wives are Discouraged about their Appearance

& Encouraging our Wives to Use their Gifts

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