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In a casual sense, the term “entitlement” refers to a notion or belief that oneself is deserving of some particular reward or benefit. (Wikipedia)

I am entitled. So are you, I’d imagine?

Time to put the brakes on it. You don’t deserve anything. Not your position, your salary, your status, your youth room or your budget. Why do we act like it? How did we become so arrogant, above the people we are supposed to be serving? I see it in myself (still, sigh) and I see it in younger youth workers all of the time. We get easily frustrated at a big church decision that affects us in a way we don’t like. We blow off guidance or shrug at counsel because it would be inconvenient to our beloved methods. We get an out-of-whack sense of importance about who we are and how blessed this church is to have us running this incredible youth ministry for them while they slowly decline into irrelevancy.

Stop! Be thankful for what you have, however much or however little it is. Thankfulness is an expression of humility. Be thankful for the little youth budget you did get. Be thankful God is blessing another ministry in your church and you got kicked out of your own youth room. Be thankful for your leadership God chose to put over you (I’m sure He would love to put you there, but you’d think you were entitled to it anyhow). Say thank you when someone generously blesses you. Slow down enough to respond to someone in need rather than only thinking about yourself.

Being thankful keeps your heart … and your entitlement … in check.

JG

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  • Kevin Allen says:

    I know first hand what it is to have little to no budget, a room that we have to share with everyone else, and everyone else wanting to borrow “our stuff.” This article is a wonderful reminder that God gives to each of us accordingly. Some of us are only one talent or two talent youth ministers and not everyone is a 5 talent guy or gal. The point is clearly made that we are called to do the best with the situation God has currently blessed us with. With age, maturity, and years of experience most of us will grow to understand how to count our blessings and not worry what the other youth ministry down the road has.

  • Damon says:

    Oooh! Nice roundhouse to the head, JG!

  • Such a great reminder that it is not about us, our ministry, or even our church. How often do we look at other churches and wish we had the budget, facilities or even size of ministry they have? Thanks for this.

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