so much about entitlements from the government these days, and if you have
young people in the family, you have probably thought the same things I
have thought. Did my grandparents feel the same way I am feeling;
wondering where we went wrong with the way our children have turned
out? If you have ever watched even one minute of any of the court
programs on TV, you are appalled at the excuses the judges have to listen
to about the cases. Many of the people who are on the program are kin to
each other, and more and more you will see a parent suing their own grown
children. In listening to them, the defendant always has a great
story about why the plaintiff should have known that money they gave was a
gift, or if something was broken it was someone elseís fault, or that
they just didnít know what they did was wrong.
Such excuses show that we have
failed to bring up our children responsibly, and have given them far too
much, without them understanding what it means to work for things, or be
thankful for all we have. Now it is easy to talk about others and what
they are doing wrong, because it always makes us look like we know the
right thing to do, but letís go one step further. I have shared in
articles before how gracious and generous my husband is with waitresses,
even if our service was not the best. When we talk with Christian friends
who are with us while we're out to eat, they do not share the same
sentiment. They feel that you need to let the server know if your service
was not good by giving a small tip.
What about our witness? Have
you ever been at a sale the day after Thanksgiving, and watched how ugly
the people act, especially if there is only one sale item left? What
happened to our witness? Did you ever take a class in psychology about how
to calm a loud angry person down? We were taught, to speak softly and not
to stoop to their level with name calling, etc. Yet, even as Christians,
if someone begins to argue with us, we are not interested in bringing
honor to God, but instead we want to defend ourselves, or make sure the
other person knows how wrong they are? What happened to allowing the Lord
to defend us by bringing the problem to God in prayer?
to remember that being first is not what Godís word says is honorable.
So many things we do on a daily basis have to do with us thinking we are ENTITLED, just as we see our children act, which we hate. We need
to be reminded that IT IS NOT ABOUT US, but it is about us representing
Jesus Christ in all we do.
So this week, when you are getting ready to get in the
check-out line, turn around and see if someone has less than you, and let
them go ahead. Or when someone attacks you with those ďnot so kind
words,Ē remember a
gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1) Letís try to start living like
we are representing the One who put us first when He took all of our
meanness, our bad attitudes and ďI want my way first,Ē and hung them
on a rugged cross so we might have a really good life for all eternity!
Until next month, Margaret Anne
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