Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Ride

The weather has been unbelievable in Seattle since the middle of May, so we took advantage of the long weekend by borrowing some bikes for a long ride on Memorial Day. We rode from Dominic's house all the way downtown and across the sound in the West Seattle Water Taxi (which is almost the same price as the Metro bus) for a day along Alki beach and Lincoln Park.

Look at that view! It only takes about 15 minutes to get to West Seattle on the water.

Once it arrives, the taxi is by far the most enjoyable route across town. Talk about a great commute!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Expectations vs. Expectancy

I recently finished reading The Shack by William P. Young. I was caught by an excerpt on expectancy and expectations:

"...if you and I are friends, there is an expectancy that exists within our relationship. When we see each other or are apart, there is expectancy of being together, of laughing and talking. That expectancy has no concrete definition; it is alive and dynamic and everything that emerges from our being together is a unique gift shared by no one else. But what happens if I change that 'expectancy' to an 'expectation' - spoken or unspoken? Suddenly, law has entered into our relationship. You are now expected to perform in a way that meets my expectations. Our living friendship rapidly deteriorates into a dead thing with rules and requirements. It is no longer about you and me, but about what friends are supposed to do, or the responsibilities of a good friend."

In the novel, God uses this dynamic when describing the main character's relationship in faith.

I find myself living with a lot of expectations. This week I started a new job and this summer I plan to get married. Expectancy is empowering, motivating, inspirational. Expectation is strict, unimaginative, limited. Is expectancy sustainable in societal institutions and long term relationships?