There is an ancient story about a father and his son walking along a road one day with a donkey. Soon they met a man who told them how foolish they were to walk when they had a donkey that could be ridden. So the father and son hopped on.
They hadn't gotten very far when another man criticized them for both riding the donkey. They were too heavy for it, he contended and
were being inhumane.. so the boy got off.
It wasn't long before a third traveller accused the father of being inconsiderate because he made his son walk while he rode donkey. So the two switched places.
Soon they met another person who thought the son was not being thoughtful of his father who was so much older than he. When last seen, the two were trudging down the road carrying the donkey.
Moral of the story?
Too often we live our life trying to live up to other's expectations. If you are trying to meet all the expectations of others, you will end up carrying a needless burden of guilt and inadequacy.
Don't base your life on the expectations of others… be all that GOD created you to be… Jeremiah 29:11-14
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