Entitled

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I’m on a flight to Portland, Oregon as I write this blog. It’s fascinating to watch people on a plane or at the airport. There’s the hurry up and wait group. There’s the anxious group. There’s the business person who’s finishing up last minute touches on a presentation. I often have a front row seat on another group, the entitled. Maybe we’ve all moved in and out of that fraternity of the privileged. I’m ashamed to say, I’ve dangled my feet in those waters way too much. But, in my case, I’m absolutely justified. Isn’t that what we all say? My situation is different. I warrant special treatment. At least, that’s my argument. The truth is that argument is most often lame, tired, worn-out and over used. 

This is what I’ve come to understand. Usually, and there are exceptions, entitlement is just another name for selfishness. And my selfishness trumps your comfort. The Apostle Paul has a great insight into what makes relationships work. It’s found in Ephesians 5:2 ”…submit to one another out of reverence to Christ.” If you want life to work, unselfishness is the key. It’s not demanding your rights, it’s fighting for theirs. I haven’t arrived yet in Portland or in becoming selfless. But, I hope to live my life by the words of John the Baptist who said of Jesus, “I must decrease, He must increase.” 

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