entitlement-thanksgiving

If I feel entitled, I complain about my job.
If I am thankful, I am grateful to have a job.

If feel entitled, I complain about the meal I’m eating.
If I am thankful, I am grateful to have food on the table.

If I feel entitled, I complain that the government does not do enough for me.
If I am thankful, I ask what I can first do for others.

If I feel entitled, I complain about my spouse.
If am thankful, I express gratitude that someone has put up with me all these years.

If I feel entitled, I complain about living paycheck to paycheck.
If I am thankful, I am grateful simply to have a paycheck.

If I feel entitled, I complain about what’s wrong with my church.
If I am thankful, I am ever grateful for the freedom to worship.

If I feel entitled, I complain about the deficiencies of different family members.
If am thankful, I am grateful that I have a family that loves and cares for me.

If I feel entitled, I complain about the lousy weather we’re having.
If I am thankful, I am grateful to be a free person regardless of the weather.

If I feel entitled, I complain to God about why He is treating me so unfairly.
If I am thankful, I know that I deserve nothing good, that all gifts are an act of grace.

Dear Lord, forgive me for my sense of entitlement. Remind me to rejoice in all things, and in all things to be thankful. Remind me to count my blessings. And remind me when my heart begins to stray from thanksgiving to entitlement.

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Comments

  1. Steve Drake says

    Amen to these words. Let me add my thanksgiving also.
    I don’t deserve the wonderful wife with whom God has blessed me; I am blessed further with wonderful children and grandchildren. I have more than my share of close friends for whom I am deeply grateful. I have the greatest job I can imagine (in this day, I’m grateful to have any job, but to have this one is above all I could think or ask). I’m thankful for the brothers and sisters with whom I worship. All of it is so very good until I come to me. I’ll say it they way I heard my old professor of evangelism, Lewis Drummond, say it: “I’m not what I ought to be; I’m not what I’m gonna be; but praise God I’m not what I used to be.” Thank you God for giving me that which I do not deserve and thank you too for not giving me that which I do deserve.

  2. Pierre Queripel says

    Lord, teach me to be thankful, helping me to recognise your kindness in everything and helping me to realise how undeserving of it I am. Thank you for your patience and mercy towards me, a sinner. Amen.

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