Rachel Chimits on Gratitude is the Antidote for Entitlement

America has a peculiar epidemic: about 80 percent of Americans are in debt.

We all need a smart phone for work these days. We need a new car in order to avoid pesky repair bills and to fit all the kids. We pretty much need cable to decompress after work; it’s personal care, after all. We have to send our children to a tier 1 college, and that’s getting more expensive every year. A mortgage on a house is good debt anyway, right?

Wait…how many of these things do we actually need, or is it that we simply feel entitled to them?

The Black Hole of Entitlement

No two ways about it, entitlement is a poisonous mentality.

“When people feel entitled, they are not merely disappointed when others fail to accommodate their presumed rights, they feel cheated and wronged,” Doctor Steven Stosny explains in his article in Psychology Today.

“They get angry, exude hostility, and assume a stronger sense of entitlement as compensation. Of course, once we’re older than five and not cute anymore, the world is not likely to meet our entitlement needs.

“So it gets to be a downward spiral — the more they don’t get what they’re sure they deserve, the more justified they feel in demanding compensation…. Not surprisingly, criminals, domestic violence offenders, aggressive drivers, and abusers of all kinds have been observed to have exaggerated entitlement.”

Dr. Stosny goes on to discuss the lost art of humility and how recognizing that we are no better than others actually has great benefits for both the individual and society.

“Every sin is relational, so all obedience and holiness are relational as well toward God and others,” Gary Wilkerson muses in his podcast about hiding under a false sense of worth.

Certainly, this is a viewpoint that the Bible espouses. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6 ESV). The heart of salvation is recognizing that we’ve chosen separation from God, and that he’s bridged the gap at enormous personal cost for us to have relationship with him again.

If we’ve truly grasped that concept, then there’s not much room left for entitlement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rachel Chimits