Spiritual Practice

Having Enough

Wesley Overhults

Feeling a sense of entitlement is easy these days. People see something they want, something they think they deserve; and they take it. Popular culture has embraced the good of the individual over the good of the whole. Young people often feel entitled, thinking they deserve nice cars, beautiful homes—all the finer things of life. What about people who don’t have the finer things—or who have no home, clothes, or food at all? Are they less deserving?

Entitlement is a combination of greed, pride, and other selfish emotions that lead us to feel as if we should have the best. Yet, we know life shouldn’t be about getting what we want or what we think we deserve. What really matters in life is what we give. We can’t afford to become a society of takers. Instead, we should become a society of givers, making sure that everyone has what they need.

5-Second Prayer: God, teach us to love as you love and to give as you give so that everyone has enough. Amen.

—from devozine® (November/December 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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