Friday, July 27, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Beyond

It's Friday morning and time to meet up with Lisa-Jo Baker -- Tales of a Gypsy Mama, who spreads a feast before us consisting of a challenge:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

Today's word is BEYOND, and here's my best five minutes . . . .

Five Minute FridayREADY, SET, GO!

Beyond can be so many things:

Beyond the horizon. 

Beyond mile marker 267.

Beyond the here and now.

And on and on.

But today, for me, beyond is about my own expectations.

Yes, I set my expectations so high they are often beyond my own grasp, my own reach.  And why would you do that to yourself?

As I ponder it, I know God's expectations are many for each of us, but beyond my grasp, my reach -- NEVER!  He sees me as His child and believes that I can be expected to perform beyond His expectations.

God's love for me, and His joy in me, make me His very own, if I am willing.  And that willingness brings me to a level of attempting to go beyond His expectations for me.

Often His are no easier to reach than the ones I set for myself, but God's intention in setting His expectations sometimes beyond my grasp, my reach are to insert me into a new experience of discipleship, mission, ministry.

How about you?  Has God ever set His expectations beyond your grasp or reach?

Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.

(Scripture added after 5 minutes.)


  1. So true--He doesn't require what is beyond us, but sometimes He asks us to go beyond what we think we can.

    1. Oh, yes, it's that going beyond what WE THINK we can that gets us!

  2. God is always calling me up higher. He said "greater works would we do". Sometimes we need to climb higher in order to see beyond our own limitations into all that He has for us to achieve here on this earth!

    1. I like "we need to climb higher" so we can see what he has for us to do here. :)

  3. Don't you love how God is always showing us we are capable of more than we realize? He is so good...I can hardly stand it! Striving with you, friend, to follow His lead.

    Great 5 Minute Write!

    1. Ah, Nikki, God knows so well what we can do because He made us, and we are always struggling to follow His lead because, of course, we're mere mortals living in a world so not in tune with God's leading and our following. I love that we're walking behind Him together following His lead.


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