I hate complaining and whining. (I realize the irony of that I’m complaining about complaining.) Much of this stems from a sense of entitlement. Customer service agents try to go above and beyond what the customer expects. I’m finding that raising the level of service pushes the bar of what a customer expects (sometimes beyond reason).

There’s a difference between a right and an entitlement. We all should have some basic human rights (e.g. to live without fear of persecution, basic necessities like food and water, etc.). But, especially in North American society, we push what are really entitlements into the area of rights. “Why do they get to do that and I don’t?” “It’s not fair that I have to do this while they don’t.”

The fact is, entitlement sabotages the soul. It blinds us from what are really blessings because we become fixated with what we’re entitled to. Maybe that’s why God challenges us to be content with whatever we have (Hebrews 13:5). When we feel entitled, whether to a possession or favorable situation, we miss what God’s already provided. We fail to see that there is so much more we have to be thankful for even without that thing or set-up. Perhaps life could be temporarily easier if we had that thing or that set-up. But it doesn’t overshadow what God has already blessed us with.

I’m not suggesting contentment = laissez-faire. There is room to improve our context. But when that strive for improvement hinders us from being grateful, then we sabotage ourselves.

Question: What does entitlement keep you from seeing?