We live in an “Age of Entitlement.”
The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident….that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The question I have today is how do we define happiness? The overriding mode today is that of “relativism,” morality and ethics defined as whatever makes us “feel good.” We are living in a world that expects to “feel good” every hour and every minute of every day. If we happen to experience an uncomfortable feeling, we try to fill it with a quick fix. We quickly fill those moments with any of a myriad of distractions…food, a form of entertainment perhaps even something as praiseworthy as increasing knowledge can be used to ease our discontentment.
Do we grumble or complain if we don’t get our “me time” when the kids go to bed or after a long hard day’s work have a chance to unwind from the stress of the day; because, after all, “We deserved a break today.” You may feel deprived, angry, or discontent because life just “wasn’t fair” to you today.
I am not stating that relaxation is not a positive thing; but when we begin to feel we are “entitled to” happiness at all times, we open ourselves up to feelings of discontentment and unhappiness. It is really an “aha” moment when we begin to understand that life wasn’t created just for our own pleasure and relaxation.
Does God have the attitude of entitlement? Does He expect that His creation will always treat Him right all the time and never disobey? He knows this is how children learn – you sin, you repent, you are forgiven if you are in the process of change.
His whole purpose in creating the earth was to raise a spiritual family.* He has a full time job, which He enjoys immensely. He is love, and everything He does is out of love for His children. He is totally “other” centered, and he has called us to be “other” centered also.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 2:4
Yes, we need a break, but is it “I deserve it” or “Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to serve You when I do work, and then I can rest in You. Let me use my time of service to glorify Your name, and help me remember I’m serving You when I serve others, including my family and co-workers.” Then we can truly have a chance to enjoy the fruits of our labor, because we will have done it with a different outlook, a different attitude.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
~ Matthew 25:40
“Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
~ Psalm 128:1-2
It is a different attitude, a different orientation, i.e., other centered instead of self centered, that brings happiness. If we understand the mind of Christ, we can be content with the rest He affords us. We will become less stressed, because we can then do it with joy and satisfaction. If we are discontent in that, we can ask God to give us a different outlook, which He is eager to give. Let us ask God to show us where true happiness and rest lie, and be thankful for the opportunity to glorify His name, for which “He is entitled.”
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