Friday, January 6, 2012

Entitled to What?

A word has been floating around in my head lately. The word is entitlement. Many people, including myself, think if we work hard enough for something it will be given to us. As I have grown older and seen the pains of this world, I have started to not believe in a person "deserving" anything, hard work or not.

Why does a loving grandfather who has lived a wonderful life develop Alzheimer's? Why does a family have to endure the pains of seeing a loved one slowly die of cancer? Why does the woman with no job and no husband get pregnant with her fifth child while another family with jobs and healthy lifestyles have to pay for IVF to have children? Why are there children starving while we have buffets on every corner?  Why do any of us think we are "entitled" to anything? If we believe in the idea of "we get what we deserve", then that means those without deserved it and those with, also deserved it.

My personal beliefs are that we are here to endure the pains of this life to choose Heavenly Father's way over everything else. When we start thinking we are entitled to the blessings or start coveting blessing of others we are not being faithful and we are not relying on the Lord. At the end of every day, He is still in charge.  

Typically when I am going through a particular hard time in my life I usually blog a lot about scriptures I have read or General Conference talks to not only uplift myself, but to hopefully uplift others who may actually read this blog. I have been on such an emotional roller coaster lately that some days I just don't feel the Spirit. Blogging is about honesty and here I am being honest. I have had a lot of "why" moments and I feel guilty. How am I entitled to even more than what I have already been so abundantly blessed with at this moment in my life?

No, I am not deserving of anything, but I do know this, I feel my Savior's love for me and for others now more than I ever have in my life. He is so aware of our heartache, that I know He gave me others in this life who have gone through similar experiences, so that we never have to endure it alone.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I just came across your blog from DailyStrength. This most recent post that you made is really nice! I'm excited to read more of your blog. :)

(P.S. I am LDS too.)