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Cut Entitlement Cultivate Gratitude

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

November is the month in which people gather for All Saints’ Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving, but combined they don’t capture the attention of Americans more than “Black Sunday.”

I’m Not Opposed To Marketing, I’m Opposed To My Confused Values

Some Christian churches celebrate All Saints’ Day, and some do not. Millions of people voted on Election Day, but most people did not.  Millions recognize Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, but others prefer not to celebrate holidays connected to conflicts. 1

Marketers find many ways to make money on those holidays, but they all pale in comparison to “Black Friday.”

Wikipedia reports that “For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00, but in the late 2000s, many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohls, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Bealls) will open at midnight for the first time…” 2

I would like good values too!

I’m Not Opposed To Merchants, I’m Opposed To My Envy

Billions of dollars where spent during Black Friday 2010.  Shopper Trak reported that, “more than 200 million shoppers crowded stores last year, spending $10.69 billion.” 3

Black Friday and Black Friday week ads are everywhere, and I’m not immune to greed.

I want an iPod because of advertising, and I have friends who like theirs.
I want a new car because of advertising, and millions of people have better cars.
I want  Batman: Arkham City because of advertising, and I have friends who love it.
I want the latest Dave Matthews Band DVDs because of advertising, envy and greed! 4

I’m Not Opposed To Materialism, As Much As I’m Opposed To Entitlement

“All of us,” writes Walt Mueller, “adults and kids alike have had the gospel of the American Dream pounded into us from the day we were born…Any of us…in today’s world know that materialism, entitlement, and narcissism are taught and caught at epidemic levels” 5

It’s funny and sad, but I have met so many people who actually don’t struggle with selfishness at all.  They believe that their selfishness is a right, a responsibility, an entitlement, a debt, or their source of hope.

I am caught up in the lies too.  This week I’m trying to be grateful for what I have and cut out entitlement.  I hate how selfish I am in a world in which people starve to death, lack clean water, freeze to death, die of preventable diseases and lack basic necessities.

God inspired Jesus’ brother James to write soul-piercing words, “Anyone who knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, is sinning.” 6

Please God forgive me for my envy, selfishness and my sense of entitlement.”

That is mysilentscream!

 

1 – National Day of Mourning

2 – Black Friday (shopping)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%28shopping%29#cite_note-5

3 – Billions spent during Black Friday 2010

4 – I have well over 100 DMB concerts on audio or video.  Do I really “need” another one?!?  No, of course not!

5 – Selfishness

6 – James confronts entitlement read about it here.

Bring on the comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. The words of James are soul piercing and I could just sit there for a long time. The number of people who believe selfishness is their right is growing and that lie is one that I fight a lot. Trying to trust God to meet my actual needs daily rather than self protect my own self proclaimed needs. It is a struggle in this day and age. Your post today was an encouragement.

  2. And, Corrine, thank you for encouraging me!

  3. Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

  4. Thank you!
    And thank you for reading!

  5. I have time to care about myself, the people in my grade and, like, four people in grade 11 who are my friends.

  6. I do consider all of the ideas you’ve offered on your post. They’re very convincing and too short. Could you please lengthen them a bit? Thanks for the post.

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