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?