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French Fries

24 Mar

I love french fries!  Do you?  I especially love the newest version: sweet potato fries.  Those are amazing!  But, I’m not here to talk about my love for french fries.  I AM here to talk about my daughter’s love for french fries.  Her name is Isabella and she is 2 1/2 years old.

My brother in law was at the house tonight and brought some burgers and fries (thanks Rudy)!  He gave her half of a burger and some fries.  But, apparently that wasn’t good enough.  SHE WANTED MORE FRIES!

When Rudy told her “no”, she started to throw a fit.  Don’t pass over this story too quick!  You see, at this point, she had NOT eaten any fries!  While she had fries in front of her, ready to be enjoyed, she got upset because she was not allowed to have more.

The next few minutes were filled with complaints, cries, and whining!  Does this sound like you?  I know it sounds like me!  You see, many times we are the same way.  Many times we receive good things…GREAT things.  But, because we are so interested in what’s better/next/bigger/more, we can’t enjoy what we currently have.  We would rather have all or nothing, instead of enjoying what we currently have.

People do this with cars, homes, clothes, food, RELATIONSHIPS, education, jobs, and much more.  We believe we are entitled to certain things.  After all, we deserve to have what we want…don’t we?   This happens with parking spaces, office sizes, Mac’s or PC’s, salaries…

There is a huge difference between big vision and entitlement.  You see, I don’t want you to stop dreaming and believing in big things.  The difference is that big vision should exist to serve others and help others.  Entitlement exists to serve yourself!  This leads to nowhere good.  We should not be comfortable, but we should be content.  Contentment is the ability to enjoy what you currently have, instead of comparing it to what you don’t have.

Are you content today?  Contentment is not found in what you do or do not have; contentment is found in how you perceive what you have.  You and I are not OWED anything in this life.  In fact, we are the ones who OWE everything…to God and others! 

A few minutes later, Isabella reasoned out her situation and figured that it would be a better idea to enjoy the french fries in front of her, rather than complaining about the ones that weren’t there.  Contentment or Entitlement.  What will you choose today?

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Life, Uncategorized

 

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6 responses to “French Fries

  1. jackie

    March 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    So true!!! I forget sometimes that the abundance God has given me is not to serve my needs but to see the needs of other met. Paul says that I am indebt to love others… I owe everyone God’s love.
    Great post Jeff!!!

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Jackie!

       
  2. Joshua Ogaldez

    March 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Wow…I wanta choose contentment, so help me God….Yep, we don’t deserve anything. If anything, its God’s awesome, astounding grace that has given us what we have.

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      Totally true! His grace proves that we are undeserving!

       
  3. Velia Perez

    March 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I liked this application very much Jeff… It took Isabella a little while for her to reason that it was better to enjoy the french fries she had in front of her.. In the same way, it takes us some time to realize and understand that we are so much blessed with what we have in front of us and that we should be content… God is our provider and in him we should always trust…. so true!!! CONTENTMENT. I have learned to be content… God teaches us in different ways =)

     
    • Jeff Tolle

      March 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Great comment Velia!

       

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