William Shakespeare once said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” Others have expressed similar sentiments through quotes like, “Don’t blame people for disappointing you – blame yourself for expecting too much from them.” These quotes seem a bit on the dark side, don’t they?
I believe that expectations can be good things – very good things when it comes to group life. So may I ask, “What do you expect from your group members?” I believe we can, and should, expect three big things from our people. Let’s assume that they won’t disappoint us, and that we won’t end up with heartbreak. Perhaps we could label these three expectations “great expectations”?