Dumbing Down Expectations

low expectations

We expect little of many people – but never underestimate God!


It was a new breakfast cafe for me and I caught up on some emails as I waited for my food’s arrival. Glancing up at the sign on the wall I read the following words:

“If the food, service or portions are not up to your standards –

Please lower your standards.”

 I smiled at the obvious ‘tongue-in-cheek’ approach to customer service, but part of me reacted to variations of this theme coming to us from many directions.

  • “Don’t expect this appliance to last as long as they used to. Lower your standards.”
  • “Times have changed. You can’t expect your kids to get the quality of education in the public schools that you received.”
  • “Sure the food is not as nutritious when you eat out. Mass production has made this a reality. Just get used to it.
  • You can’t expect a leader or politician to adhere to the ‘straight and narrow’ as in bygone years. Our society demands flexibility and sometimes bending such strict ideology. We need adaptation, not ridged dogma.

We begin to feel guilty and a bit foolish for expecting what we once took for granted.

Can you imagine sliding into a booth at God’s Place to partake of his offerings and reading this sign above you:

“If my care for you, if my provision for you, if my protection of you

does not meet your standards, please lower them. After all, I can’t

be all things to all people. Get used to it”

 “That would never happen,” you respond. And I agree totally.

Nobody sits down at God’s table and needs to dumb down their expectations!

The Psalmist David said, “…he (God) satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:9 Junk food never comes out of God’s kitchen. There’s always a posted “A” in his window … everything He does – everything He gives – gets the highest rating.

Others fail. He does not. Others cut corners. He does not. Others disappoint. He does not. You can expect him to over-deliver, upgrade your order, go above and beyond. Just wait to see the future He’s planned for you!


“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could

ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”

Ephesians 3:20 The Message






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