My sense of entitlement is one of the things that most often undermines my desire to do good.
Too often I start to feel that I deserve to be treated better than I have been, or that I have earned the right to some treat of one kind or another.
Too often know that when things are going well I start to think I’m getting what is owed to me. When things don’t go so well I usually just get grumpy.
So how do I undermine the work of entitlement in my life? I have found these 3 things help:
Gratefulness: Reminding myself to say thank you, to people, to God, to to the bird or tree or sunrise I am enjoying. Practicing being grateful reminds me that every good thing I have is a gift.
Service: Choosing to do something simple for someone else, ideally that won’t be noticed or appreciated, really helps. I realised this recently when I was wallowing in a particularly deep “things should be better than this” pit. Rescue from that particular moment came as I decided to do the washing up.
Generosity: Giving to others, especially if it is a little bit costly and might mean I have to give something up, really helps. It begins to move my focus from the ecomony of earning – based on what I get get and hold on to , to the economy of grace – freely giving and receiving what comes from God.
How are you overcoming entitlement?