We will be on the air today with our host Evangelist, Dr. Sha'ron Westbrooks from "God's Inputs for You". The topic will be “Managing Perceptions, Expectations, and Perspectives Godly"
Perceptions and expectations are frequently inter-dependent. Often our expectations are the result of our perceptions. Sometimes our expectations, including the failure of our expectations to be filled, influence our perceptions. This also works in reverse: if other people [friends, employers, employees, family] have unrealistic expectations of us or non-real perceptions of us, they will be frequently disappointed, frustrated or annoyed with us. Similarly with perceptions: if their perception of us, and particularly of how our role should be fulfilled, is not true to reality, problems will eventually occur.
The trouble with expectations and perceptions is that when they are either unrealistic or irrational they seriously affect our behavior, our relationships in our various roles and responsibilities, and our emotional stability. To live with unrealistic expectations and perceptions [either our own or others’] is to live with constant stress.
In our journey towards practical spirituality, we must discipline ourselves to have realistic expectations and perceptions about ourselves, our role, our family and friends, and of the people whom we serve in our church or community. Lack of realism will inevitably either destroy us or cause us in some way to abuse, destroy or enslave others.
We know it's difficult for parents, spouses, friends, other family members, and churches to navigate relationships with individuals who identify as gay or lesbian. We love them and want what's best for them, but our faith clearly teaches that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. We want to love and understand them, to show them God's boundless grace, but we also want to hold to the truth.
There are over 600 hate sites on the web, some specifically designed to attract children. Pedophiles and other sexual predators are also a lurking danger on the internet. An FBI agent posing as a teenage girl logged into a chat room limited to 23 children. The 22 other "youths" all turned out to be adults seeking improper contact with her. A man broadcast live video of himself molesting a child and invited e-mail suggestions from those watching. The Internet has become the medium of choice for child pornography, and for perverted people seeking relationships with children.
Anxiety, worry, and tension are some of the most destructive forces we can face. They sap our strength and slowly undermine our faith, keeping us from maturing in the Lord (Luke 8:14). If we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we must discover God's plan for freedom from the crippling cycle of stress.
Many Christians have this wrong idea that a Christ-follower has to be so accepting of other people that we would never stay away from them even if their presence in our lives is toxic and harmful; that we should always be there for them and help them see the light.
Suicide. The word has a frightening air of finality. Laden with hopelessness, despair, and tragedy, it is a word that everyone wants to keep at arms' length. "Only people who are really mixed up consider suicide," you've told yourself. But then one day that word entered your thoughts in a different way. You found yourself in an unbearable situation. You felt trapped and powerless. Ultimately, "ending it all" seemed to be the only answer. It isn't. There is another solution. It's found in the Bible, God's message of love to you. This is your chance to discover just how valuable you are and how your life can be transformed.