Lay Down Expectations – Philippians 3:4-14


Read Philippians 3:4-14

When I submitted my life to Christ, some twenty years ago, I had many expectations about what being a Christian would be. I would have that “happy, floating Christian vibe”—always ready to pronounce a Bible verse for every situation, and leap tall buildings while I was at it. Instead, my life has been filled with mental health problems, addiction, pain, and questions. Lots of doubts, even. This did not match my expectations.

The thing is, my expectations were too low. And so I figured out that when I lay aside what I think I want or need, Christ is all I want or need. And more.

I want what Paul describes: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (vv. 10-11).

I want to know him and to be known. It is the simplest and most complex relationship I will ever have.

Thank you, my Lord and my Savior, just simply, for you. Thank you for bringing me to life. Amen.

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Dana Bowman

Lindsborg, Kansas
I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a writer, and a runner, somehow all simultaneously. I have been published in numerous magazines, including The Covenant Companion and Today’s Christian Woman, and am the proud author at At Momsie, I share my parenting foibles and successes to provide hope and humor for moms. My book, Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery, published by Central Recovery Press, came out last fall. The book endeavors to inspire and encourage those moms who are in recovery. I write because this life is too hilarious and challenging not to be recorded. And one day, I dream that I may master the skill of making sure all dessert apportionment is completely equal.


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