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.

Am I entitled or thankful? I have to admit that I usually consider myself thankful but if you were to scratch below the surface you would probably find more entitlement that gratitude. I hate that. But the plank is often pretty hard to see.

This morning someone pointed out the plank to me.

Thom Ranier is the president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources. His blog is full of insightful posts that have been helpful to me. This morning’s post was especially helpful. He shines a spotlight on the subtly distinction between entitlement and thankfulness.

 

Give his short post a read and see where you find yourself, thankful or entitled?

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.

 

You can find his original post here.

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