Many people live like that every day, crouching down under the ceilings of low expectations. They find it uncomfortable, debilitating and discouraging but still feel obligated to live like that. Why? Because they are living under the ceiling of someone else’s expectations. They are very conscious that other people see them according to their past behavior and limited perceptions. So they feel they don’t deserve to live according to their highest potential, at least until they “earn” the right to do so. But you don’t have to live that way. You can walk out any time if you realize what’s happening and decide to not go on like that.
Some people live under the ceiling of their family’s low expectations of their abilities and ambitions. Just because your family has known you all your life doesn’t mean they truly know your heart or your calling! They think that they do but they really see you according to their own filters. When you even attempt to rise up and go forward, you get the, “Just who do you think you are? Are you trying to be better than us?” treatment. Family’s low expectations can also be part of a cultural perspective where a person is thought to be arrogant if they rise above their peers.
Did you know Jesus also faced the same thing? In His own hometown people responded negatively to His ministry. “Who does He think He is? We know this little Jeshua; he played with our children. We know His mama and His daddy. His brothers and sisters live right down the street.” Jesus was actually limited within that setting. Or rather, THEY were limited in receiving what He had to offer them. Jesus could just walk out an be what He was elsewhere.
The apostle Paul said, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” (1 Cor. 15:10). And you are what you are by the grace of God! Don’t crouch down under other people’s low expectations of you. You are not obligated to acquiesce to them. See what God says about you and come out into freedom. Aspire to all that He has called you to be and do.