Our society encourages us to feel entitled. Sometimes our upbringing could help in this, depending on how we were raised. Feeling entitled is not reserved for those who have come from wealthier homes. For instance, a person could struggle financially and somewhere in the back of their minds feel, “Enough already, now it’s my turn.”
The enemy of our souls wants us to feel entitled, as if we have a right to something. Then he sits back, chuckling as seeds of discontent and ingratitude start taking root.
Satan even approached Eve on this point when she was deciding whether to eat, or pass from a certain tree. When he was done with her she felt she had a right to eat not only that fruit, but any fruit her little stomach desired.
At the root of our sense of entitlement is pride. The truth is we brought nothing into the world and it is certain we will take nothing out. Jokes were told about no hearse pulling a U-haul. Somewhere within us we struggle with feeling we do deserve something, sometimes we feel we deserve more than we have.
Commercials boom at us, “you’re worth it,” hamburger places tell us, We deserve a break today at McDonald’s.” They must be right, they’re on tv!
The Bible tells us in 1Timothy 6:8 if we have food and clothing we are to be content. The problem seems to surface when we see others who have food and clothing and then some.
God loves it when we’re thankful, just as we parents love it when we give our children or grandchildren something and they show gratitude.
I’m praying that God shows me if I have a feeling of entitlement anywhere. I want it replaced with a grateful heart for each and every thing he provides. It is all by his hand, you know. Every bit of it. And we get in trouble if we forget that.
About Anne Peterson
I write words you can feel, sometimes they rhyme. If I'm not writing, I'm telling stories from my head, to little ones who call me grandma.