Entitlement

Today’s 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 McDonald’s

            “You owe it to yourself…” used by cruise lines

            “Treat yourself to take the break you deserve” used by Hilton HHonors

In 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 parent’s assets?

Within 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.

Churches 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!

Jesus’ 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.

In 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?

So, 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.” Titus 3:3-5

•          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!

Written by Anne Bicks, Editor and Marketing of Bicks Books LLC


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Code of Ethics

Looking back at my younger years, I never understood much about life. Why do trees blow in the wind’s direction? Why do the leaves turn in the autumn chill? Why does the sun raise in the east and not the west? My mother tried to explain, “it was the way God intended, long before I was born.” I think she was right! I never questioned what she said, although I never understood it. But, actually, the principles of life is what she was trying to preach to me.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

2 Peter 1:3

I grew up fast after Pop passed, and life made a sharp turn. My brother and I rarely agreed on anything. Respect was an unheard word, and I learned early on there was a code to follow… be it God, family, or honoring those you love, but it came with a price. Endured hurts showered our feelings for each other.

We learn early in life that somehow, there is a code of ethics we must follow. It is where our Lord holds us close to Him, and we pray He guides in the right direction. His Word teaches us to persevere through our trials and afflictions. In return, we lovingly give our heart to Him, for He is our Savior. This sets the motion of life on the correct path.

Honoring the past and now looking forward to the future, we should praise our parent’s wise advice. Teach our future generations, God is the common denominator of respect – respecting yourself and others, even when they do not deserve it. You can find something to admire in anybody if you look hard enough, for each of us have amazing potential.  It is a code of ethics our Lord expects from His children.

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.”

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

God’s eloquence sustains life for all his creations. I’m humbled by His magnificence and shutter at His being. Remember, if it weren’t for His ever-presence in our lives, we would remain in the absence of His grace. Let us worship His name!


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Talk with love and respect

The world will be
A better place to live in,
If we learn
To talk to each other
With love and respect;
What does this mean?
That we must talk,
Not to hurt
But to sweeten the heart;
That we must talk,
Not to destroy
But to build;
That we must talk,
Not to scatter
But to gather;
That we must talk
Not like antagonists
But like friends.
If we can do this,
We will make the home
A better place for all;
Let us learn to talk
With love and respect
No matter who
We are talking to.
Let us strive to talk
To everyone we know,
Everyone we come across
Everyone with whom
We are dealing,
With love and respect,
And the world will be
An excellent place
For all of us to live in.

Quote (respect of rules)

“A major problem that society faces is that of respecting the rules that govern that society. It is only this respect that can guarantee the success of that society. If rules are broken at will and nobody punishes those who break them, that society cannot stand. It must end in chaos or crumble.” (Romilia Quotes)

Respect for all

Some people take delight in talking down to others;
They think they can look down on other people;
They have a condescending attitude;
Feeling on top of the world
This is not the best attitude to have;
If God blesses you more than others,
You are still required to treat others with respect;
After all, no one knows tomorrow;
You could be up today and down tomorrow;
Or you could be down today and up tomorrow.
All humans, made in the image and likeness of the Creator, deserve respect no matter their situation in life.

Pocket success (Be inspired today 121 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

You can pocket success;
You can pocket victory;
If you follow the road,
That leads to success;
There’s joy in winning
Through hard work;
When you put in your best,
And desired results pour in,
Joy will fill your heart;
Success is not reserved
For a few chosen ones;
Success is for all on earth;
Though not all will succeed;
Some will, others will not;
Some will work in vain,
Who don’t respect the rules;
Follow the path
Leading to your destination.
You will win the prize,
Carry home the trophy,
Only when you run the race,
And obey the rules.
You know the methodology
And follow it well;
You will pocket the success,
And great will be your joy.

“Unity in Diversity”

“Unity in diversity” is an old, prominent principle of many religions around the world.

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“‘A oneness of being’, namely reality is one, and God is the only true existence; all other beings are merely shadows, or reflections of God’s qualities.” ~ Philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi (1165–1240)

The 5,000-year-old religion of Hinduism pronounces one unity among all of creation and a diversity in existence. Buddhists believe by honoring diversity and finding unity in it, this forms wisdom. Islam’s Quran upholds unity by encouraging respect and the dignity of all human beings–a moral consciousness of God.

As Christians, we gather to praise the son of God, Jesus Christ, as a brotherhood of believers bonded by a baptism of life. Grasping the complexity of this concept, we should realize the shade of your skin doesn’t matter. I may be light-skinned in the winter but in the summer it turns dark. You may be a practicing Catholic or Buddhist but who cares when we are one in God’s house.

You may remember the biblical stories of God bringing peace amongst the Jews and Gentiles. That was based on unity in diversity. He sent Paul to countries all over the world for twenty-five years. Because God proclaimed the Jews were His chosen people, the Gentiles became irate and slighted. Therefore, Paul planted God’s seeds to all nations:

We have a tendency to brand friendships by the length of their hair, the vehicle they drive in, the community in which they live, and the clothes they wear daily. This, too, is of no consequence. Why should we address such things of little importance for we, as a body of people is so much more in God’s eyes?

In the United States, the Pledge of Allegiance boasts it’s unity in diversity (one nation; under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all). We are a diverse mixture of many nationalities forming this great country. Unity? Some will dispute it because the political arena places a great divide between us, but nevertheless, we are one. It is what makes us stronger.

A man and woman, from very different backgrounds, join in marriage and develop a unity in diversity. They raise children forming the family unit. Though each personality is dissimilar, they should learn to love one another, live and work together in oneness. The family structure is a basic foundation of loving, unconditionally, in God’s divine grace.

I pray my thoughts may be heard – we are a family and world of God’s children. It is unfortunate many still reel from ramifications of previous generations – prejudices, hatred, and labeling our brothers and sisters. If we learned to remove the walls of division, the goodness in the world would have an everlasting effect. Brotherly love, my friends, is all it takes and forgiveness of those who trespassed our way of life. When you set an example, it brings others to eternal salvation. God needs leaders who gather together and heeds His words–unity in diversity.

Honor God, won’t you? The rewards are forthcoming. Christ was, and always will be Head of the Church. His words are anointed so let not the tongue be sworn to the sword. Christ is coming!

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You cannot escape it

You cannot escape it;
What you do
Comes back to you
Somehow;
You cannot escape it;
What you say
Comes back to you
Somehow;
You cannot escape it.
What you believe
Becomes reality
In your life
Somehow,
You cannot escape it.
Be careful
What you believe;
Be careful
What you think;
Be careful
What you do;
They always come back
To you
Somehow,
You cannot escape it.
If you are lazy,
You must pay the prize
With failure ;
You cannot escape it;
If you are hard working,
You will harvest
The fruits of
Your labour.
You cannot escape it.
When you obey the law,
The law serves you;
When you break the law,
The laws hits you hard
On the head,
You cannot escape it.
When you take good care
Of your farm,
The yields will be good;
When you neglect it,
Your yields will be poor,
You cannot escape it.
Take care of your farm,
So as to have good yields.
If you are tight fisted,
Nothing will enter
Your hands;
That is the law;
There’s no way
You can escape it;
If you are generous,
Much will generously
Come in;
That is the way it is.
If you share
Your blessings,
You will harvest
The wonderful blessings
Of sharing.
Life gives you
What you give it.
Give and receive.