Friday, April 2, 2010

Goodwill and Entitlements

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41

I fell off the materialistic bandwagon a long time ago. In fact, I’m not sure I ever jumped on it. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and clothing and material things were just never that important. Some of my best outfits came from Goodwill and I still return there from time to time. I haven’t hit a bag sale in years, but I did get a practically new pair of shoes for $3.99 a few weeks ago. The best part was they were identical to a favorite pair I had a few years ago.

A lot of mothers that I have contact with would pity me for shopping at Goodwill. The truth is, I am financially stable and could afford to never shop at Goodwill again. In fact, if I wanted more stuff, I could easily return to the working world that I gave up six months ago. The fact is, I just can’t spend $50 on a pair of jeans. It hurts too much.  I’ll admit it.  I’m a miser, a tightwad, a cheapskate.  Call me what you will!

But why do so many people feel entitled? Dr. Phil’s show is full of examples of people who think they are entitled to better lives than they deserve. Why can’t I have a new car every year? Why do I have to take care of my own children? Why can’t I just run away from my responsibilities because I never had a decent childhood? I think some people may take instant gratification a little too seriously.

A sinful life is supposed to be tough, and we are all sinful. We are getting the punishment our behavior deserves. We’re not supposed to be able to snap our fingers and get whatever we want. Some struggle more than others. I believe we’re supposed to work, and put down roots, and leave this life better for the next generation. So maybe that’s why I save, plant trees, and try to teach my children how to live a “poor” life. A life that takes just as much joy in the process as it does the final result.

And at the end of that life is where they will receive their greatest reward ever. Not because they deserve it, or are entitled, but because Jesus has already paid the price. A blessed Good Friday to everyone, and I'll see you all in Heaven!

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13


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