Friday, February 20, 2009

02/20/09 - Entitlement

Do you think we live in a society where people feel entitled to things they are not willing to work for?

Good grades, money , job promotions, and nice houses all come to mind. We've lived in prosperity for over 25 years here in America. We've all experience the benefits of living in a country where we have a lot of stuff.

Then this "economic crisis" happens and people begin to realize they are not entitled to everything and anything...they have to work for it. Work for money, food, good grades..etc.!

Have we lost sight of what hard work is because so much has been handed to us?

I watch the news and people are panicking over this crisis...I think, "Good!" We all need to live within our means, stay out of debt, and work for the things we want in life. God created work and it is a good thing!


Joy said...

Agreed! Thank goodness that God's kingdom doesn't operate like The United States of America. For it is by grace that we have been saved, through faith, it is not of ourselves.

Sometimes I struggle to remember that I'm not even entitled to the things I work to earn. Everything is a gift. These days I'm becoming more and more thankful for the gift of my job.

Above all else: Love said...

I am having trouble putting into words my disappointment of this post. I was referred by a friend reading your book to check out your blog and this was the first post I read, so please excuse me if you have explained yourself further before.

I am also a follower of Jesus Christ and I am so thankful for the blessings he has poured out on my life however, I do realize not everyone in America is a believer and therefore operates the way we do. And for those Americans, this economic crisis is a big deal.

In your blog you write, ""Good!" We all need to live within our means, stay out of debt, and work for the things we want in life. God created work and it is a good thing!"

In the most sincere way possible I just wanted to remind you, that these people have been working. They have been going nine to five trying to live the American dream. Maybe they did get into some debt along the way trying to provide for their families, but who are we to celebrate their failure?

What a blessing it is for us believers to know that God will always be there to take care of us, to provide for us, to carry us through the rough times (Matthew 11:28-30) but what about those who don't? Those who you refer to as the ones who believe in "Entitlement"?

My hopes would be for us believers to do as God asked us, to give not only ourselves, but our resources.

"The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."

Feed my sheep, Jesus said. Whether they have worked all their lives and can no longer afford three meals a day or swiped their cards too many times at fancy restaurants. He called us to serve, not judge.

I hope you do not take offense to this post. I know that your work comes highly recommended and I am sure you are a Woman of Grace and Wisdom. But in my Christian Walk I have found that some people need a reminder of love, because to Love God is to Love his people. And to love people is to care for them- no matter what.

Heather Paulsen said...

Above all else:

I am sorry that this post disappointed you.

I agree that there are people working very hard to provide for their families and these tough times have beaten them down even more so.

However I have seen/heard a sense of entitlement from Americans in general. You have to understand this a general statement and it doesn't mean I don't understand that not all people operate from this place of entitlement.

Many young people believe they deserve what their parents have worked hard for. I've seen many in my age group strive for the large home because it's what their parents had...not realizing the work it took to get there.

This post was spurred by an article I read from the New York post about college students who believe they deserve better grades without putting the effort in. I will look for the link that my cousin sent me.

I hope this helps explain my views.