Many thanks to you, My people; You have not disappointed me; You could have failed me; You have not failed me; At first, it appeared You were failing me; My support came From outside my continent: From across the oceans; America, India, what have you? And I asked myself; “Where are my own people?” I felt disappointed; Though I did not give up; I felt you had not discovered What your own was doing; I continuef to have faith In you; Hence, I kept on digging And hoping; And I was right; As expected, The time has come; This is that time; You have discovered, What your own is doing; And this is your weight All behind me; And it is so clear For all to see; Silently eloquent; Thank you and thank you And thank you, my people; Great, indeed, you are; Greater than anyone can imagine; Greatness I find in you! Great people support their own, To take greater strides; To run and not fall; And when they fall, They hold their hand And lift them up; To continue Their hard, sinuous journey. Thank God You have not disappointed me.
Whether we have black skin Or white or red skin, We belong to one world, We are one people, The people of the world, The people of God, Created by the same God.
Whether we speak English Chinese, French, German Or some other language widely known or unknown, We belong to one world, We are one people, The people of the world; The people of God; Created by the same God.
Whether we swim in luxury Or we wallow in poverty, We belong to one world We are one people, The people of the world, The people of God; Created by the same God.
Whether we like other people Or we hate other people, We belong to one world, We are one people; The people of the world; The people of God, Created by the same God.
society is bombarded with many slogans that portray us to be “deserving” of
something. Such self-focused messages are:
“You deserve a break today…” used by
“You owe it to yourself…” used by
“Treat yourself to take the break
you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors
the dynamics of families and relationships, how many times have you graciously
gave a gift and never received a “thank you” of any kind? How often have you
heard the stories of parents passing away, and the children fought over the
estate and money? If a sibling or parent is near their deathbed, do they
deserve to be treated with respect if they never reciprocated love to family
members in a state of healthiness? What if a husband and wife purchase a home
with their hard-earned money – should their children feel entitled to the
the business world, employees arrive late and perform their duties with little
ambition. They demand pay raises and better benefits. Are they really deserving
of it? Or, a parent scrapes and works hard to grow a business, and their grown
children now believe they’re entitled to run it when the parent is deceased.
also run into the same dilemmas when the congregation feels entitled to receive
answers from their pastors or to hold positions within the house of worship.
And, while I walk down the path of religious connotations, many believers feel
deserving of God’s blessings. Speaking of this, do you know why much of
humanity walks away from God and stops believing in Him? They prayed for an
answer they wanted to hear and didn’t receive it. He was a means to get what
they felt entitled to in life! Ironically, I believe our church leaders are
responsible for this incorrect train of thought. They stand on the pulpit and
preach God will meet all our needs and give them their desires if they pledge
their soul to Jesus. The fact is our sin separates us from the Lord.
Entitlement is a dangerous walk in life – it’s Godlessness. Let me be frank here – God, parents, and employers owe us nothing. God blesses us with things because He wants to – an unconditional love of grace. A selfish demand for His generosity will reap no benefits. It’s that simple!
ministry spoke of loving others with a grateful heart. This includes treating
each other with respect, even amidst our differences. The well-being of
gratitude promotes healthy relationships, both in our walk with the Lord and
relationships with others.
the subject of parenting, fewer children today respect their elders. They
ignore the recognition parents deserve for years of hard work and dedication to
their families because they live in the “gimme, gimme” world. These generations
are gifted with their heart’s desires, and they expect it from the parents.
Thus, the slogans I mentioned at the beginning of the message above, come into
play. As the children grow older, they feel entitled to life. Little do we
know, it promotes laziness, ungratefulness, and the subject of this blog –
entitlement. What are we teaching our children and others?
how can we live a life feeling less entitled to things and people?
• Humbly give thanks to God for all we receive. “Give
thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
• Remember the grace of God, for Jesus died on the cross for
our sins. We do not deserve to be treated with graciousness for our sinful
attitudes, but the Lord’s love and grace reaches out to us, anyway. “At one
time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of
passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one
another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved
us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
• Set your mind on eternity with the Lord and not on this
world. Money and physical possessions mean nothing, for they cannot be taken
with you to heaven. “But, as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear
heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love
him…” 1 Corinthians 2:9
• Continuously pray for discernment of entitlement. Why do I
feel entitled, and how can I change this train of thought?
In summary of today’s message, expect little, receive with a grateful heart, and always give thanks. Give God the glory for your unexpected blessings!
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You were wonderful; You were amazing; You were fantastic; You were awesome; You were inspiring; You were phenomenal; You were incredible; You were spectacular; You were extraordinary; You were monumental; You were brilliant; You were precious; Thank God for 2019. Thank God for 2020. Thank God for you.
The d-day is coming; When the birds in the sky And the fish in the sea And the animals on land, Shall with one voice, Like one man, Shout for joy, Saying, at long last, The Lord has done it For us; At long last, we are free; What we have dreamed of, At last has entered our hands; What we have fought for; And many have died for, Has come and met us at home; And we are alive; At last, we are free; To live in peace, Like humans, not animals; Yes, we shall be free, Like birds in the sky, To fly from end to end. Indeed, we shall be free. We shall not be in chains again; We shall no longer be slaves To anyone mighty or rich. We shall simply be free.
I stopped blaming people
For any reason;
I don’t blame you;
I don’t blame anybody;
I don’t blame people
Left and right
Because things are
Wrong in my life;
Unless I am sure
Who is at fault,
I will blame nobody;
At times, we blame people
We should not blame,
We leave the people
Who have done wrong
And deserve blame,
And blame people
Who are innocent;
That is unfair;
It can cause great pain
In one’s heart to receive blame
For another’s wrong;
Instead of blaming others,
What I do is,
I look at myself
Straight in the eyes
When anything goes wrong,
To see if the fault
Is not mine.
It could well be mine.
In this blessed world Where we live, You shall meet All kinds of people; Some will encourage you; Some will discourage you; Some will love you; Some will hate you; Some will criticize you; Some will praise you; Some will block you; Some will open the way for you; Love all; Welcome.them; And pray for all. He put all of them In your life; Not for nothing, But for a reason. And surely a good reason.
Do you want to have A vibrant personality? If you want to have A personality, That’s vibrant, You must work hard To have it; It wouldn’t come easily Or by itself; Like every good thing, It takes time, hard work, Determination And perseverance; But you don’t regret The time you put in To get it, When you start to reap The fruits Of your labour. So, set to work.
The people who make me proud, Are my people; The people who stand by me, Are my people; The people who show me love; The people who give me help, Are my people; The people who don’t bother me, Are my people. The people who oppose me, Are also my people; The people who give hard times, Are still my people. All depends on how I see things.