Expectations are the unseen killer of relationships. Differing expectations litters a relationship with misinterpretations and massive frustration. When someone says "This shouldn't be so hard" when referring to a relationship they have, what they are really saying is "I had different expectations for it." Clear and communicated expectations, on the other hand, are a liberating and empowering force for any relationship. Why? They eliminate guessing and foster connecting in meaningful ways that move the relationship forward. In your relationship with God, he has been crystal clear regarding His expectations for it. He pulls no punches and declares: "I want to be the dominant force in your life." The Bible says God can make such a bold ask because when all is said and done, you will be glad you did. Future reality, Jesus says, should shape where you place your present energy.