I first noticed it in those tacky attorney ads: “Been in an auto accident? You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, so call us today.”
I deserve compensation? No wonder our nation has an entitlement culture. How much compensation do I deserve? Enough to pay for my medical bills, or should I swallow this line: “You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering.”
Hmmm. Who’s going to pay me what I “deserve” as a result of suffering through those insufferable commercials?
But the “deserve” line has bled over into other commercials, too. I deserve the best skin care. I deserve the best hair dye. I deserve the finest foods and best hotels (whether or not I can afford them). I deserve, I deserve, I deserve.
And this, right after Thanksgiving? Truth to tell, I’m not grateful for anything I “deserve” because, after all, what I “deserve” is simply my due.
But give me what I don’t deserve . . . and then you’ll see real gratitude.
I have news for America: we don’t deserve anything. We don’t deserve the many blessings we enjoy, but we enjoy them anyway. I didn’t wire the electrical circuits in my house, I don’t purify my water, I don’t build the furniture I sit on. I could do nothing if others had not worked at their professions to make a living, and I’m happy to support them by buying their products.
But do I “deserve” those products? No.
My mindset has undoubtedly been colored by the fact that the Greatest Giver of all time gave me mercy and a Savior when I was completely and totally undeserving. My gratitude for that act bleeds over into the other areas of my life.
But listen carefully, and you’ll see how we are being told how much we “deserve” in this country. Unless we realize how false that is, we may never dig ourselves out of the ungrateful morass our country finds itself in.
Thanks for letting me sound off.
Stepping off soapbox,