Our girls work part time at a local Christian theater. This theater does fantastic, major productions. The girls jobs are in concessions. They were warned that the closer it got to Christmas the crankier the patrons would be. It has turned out to be true.
I find this to be incredibly sad. Are people so stressed that even while they are at a beautiful theater, seeing a wonderful production of the story of Jesus' birth, they have to behave in a cranky way? Or is it that we as Americans have come to assume we are entitled to special treatment? That hot dog from the oven warmer must be better than the one hot off the grill, because the packaging is warmer! Not even thinking about the fact that the ones hot off the grill are the freshest ones!
I have been pondering these things in my heart this season. I think that we have moved to an entitlement mindset. We deserve the best even if we can't afford it - our kids should get a trophy even if they weren't a winner....Is this why we go into debt to buy gifts for Christmas? Because we are entitled to that new iTouch or game system or camera?
I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard the person say that they now see this entitlement attitude when people become believers. Instead of coming to Christ and being thankful and seeing how they can serve the Lord, they are looking for what the Lord can do for them. Because now that they are believers they should have wealth, health, no troubles or problems.
I have found that I need to check my own heart. What do I have expectations about? What do I feel entitled to?
I want to truly grasp that everything I have belongs to the Lord, including my finances and my rights. I want to pass this along to my children.
During this Christmas season especially, I choose to opt out of the crowded mall, the crazy parking lots, grumpy attitudes, the idea that I or my family are entitled to more stuff than we can afford or even have room for in our home!
I choose to sit back, relax, shop online, pick up a few things here and there as I am out on my regular errands. I choose to make or buy things with meaning for the one I am giving a gift to. I choose to focus on celebrating Jesus' coming.
I have been thankful to see that so many of my online friends are doing the same. Who wants to join us?