July 16, 2020 - My Unexpected Journey
My Entitlement Mentality
You hear the phrase entitlement mentality a lot these days in the political arena. But I recently listened to a sermon that opened my eyes to how this applies in all areas of my life, including my health. Entitlement mentality is simply this - wanting the benefit of something without the personal responsibility of it. In other words I want something for free.
A few examples would be: I want to look like a body builder, but I don’t want to put the work in to get there. I want a six figure income, but I don’t want to have to do the work or get the skills to make that kind of income. Another way to put it is expecting something to be given to you for free without you having to do anything to earn it. I’m entitled to it, right?
So what does this have to do with my health? Everything! Let’s start with my past. All these years I expected to be in good health even though I could see all around me that people with great health were people who took personal responsibility for it. They worked hard at maintaining their health through proper diet and exercise. They educated themselves on how to achieve optimal health and applied it to their lives and reaped the rewards for doing so. I did not. I’m reaping the rewards for that now. I just expected to always be healthy. Because I was a floor installer for close to 40 years, which is a very physical job, I thought that was enough. But it wasn’t. Not even close. Even though I knew in the back of my mind what I needed to do, I refused to get with the program and take personal responsibility for my health. There were plenty of great examples around me that showed me the right path, one of them being my wife, but I just kept doing what I always did. Burger after burger I kept shoving them in.
This same principal applies when you are facing a health crisis like the one I am facing now. I have two choices in front of me. I can sit back and expect God & the doctors to fix it and change nothing in my life that got me here to begin with, or I can take personal responsibility for my situation, admit I screwed up, and make the changes I need to make to get healthy.
God had me take a good hard look in the mirror and said how can you expect me to heal you and keep you healthy if you will not take care of the gift I have given you. I took my body and God for granite all these years. A mistake I will not make moving forward. After all my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
The more I examine my life the more I see this mentality popping up in places it does not belong. But the one that stands out the most, and is certainly the most important, is how it applies to my relationship with Jesus. For years I expected the benefits of salvation but wanted to keep living life making my own decisions and forging on my own path. My will be done not His. After all I prayed the prayer, claimed Jesus was Lord, and have tried to follow his teaching as good as I can. Isn’t that enough? Turns out it doesn’t work that way. God has been dealing with me in this area, and I have learned a very important lesson. Until I bow my knee to the Lord Jesus Christ and say your will be done not mine, I will never truly be in God’s will. It is time for me to take a knee for the only one who is worthy, Jesus Christ.
I love all of you and so does God,