There is a tumultuous relationship being shown daily between a nations’ leaders and its people. It would seem then that having poor expectations and being pessimistic about an improvement in your personal standard of living is much better than hoping for an improvement. Living constantly with poor expectations should be a clinical problem as the resultant stress can affect all aspects of a person’s life. God did not intend for us to live in constant stress, He did not want for His people to live with low expectations.
The Toll on the Body
The physical manifestation of low expectations is due to always being aware and prepared for the worst. Being prepared for the worst can help at times, but living constantly prepared for the worst is physically taxing. Stress causes the muscles in the body to tense in preparation for injury and potential pain. When the moment passes, the muscles eventually become relaxed and life can continue as per usual. Being constantly pessimistic can even restrict the airways making breathing difficult. It can also cause the heart and blood vessels to work overtime and become prematurely worn.
Nothing happens in the body which does not affect the mind in one way or another. The constant production and presence of stress hormones can lead to less rest/ restful sleep and a foggy mind among other ailments. When God does provides the answers to our prayers, or unexpected blessings, we may be too worried to recognize it and too pessimistic to capitalize on His blessings. The bible in Matthew 6: 25-27 said “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, […]. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” His most important question in this text is “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Can it Really Work for Me?
The quote of simply stop worrying is one that can be easily said by the person who is not in your shoes. They do not have your responsibilities and will probably point back to antiquity where religious art shows scenes of people being brutalized for their beliefs. Without discounting the path set by the Saints gone on before, the question still remains how can I worry less?
The key is to first stop trying to solve it all at once and most importantly stop trying to solve it all by your own strength. The exercise of faith is a daily practice; recognize that no one on earth who has ever lived, who is alive or who will be born is without some troubles, therefore, accept that bad things will happen. Putting faith into practice is to live with an open line of communication with God and expecting that the issue will be solved in His perfect time. Look for solutions and pray earnestly by yourself and with wise persons, persons who are in one accord before taking any action.