My son and I were talking this morning about the possibilities before us right now - new jobs, buying a house, replacing my car. And he mentioned that he would like a Corvette one day, if he "deserved" one.
I think it's sad that we have been conditioned to believe that it's wrong to want nice things or even luxurious things, like a fancy sports car or nice house. It's sad because God loves us and wants to give us not only what we need, but also what we want.
Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
We are worthy, we are deserving, we are ENTITLED simply because we are children of God.
I heard a friend at church once say that she believed that government keeps people from earning a certain amount of money, that it was impossible to get above almost poverty level because "they" kept everyone at that level.
I used to believe that. Maybe you did too. But I hope you are waking up now. I hope you believe now, as I do, that YOU are in control of you. You are in control of your finances, your time, your life. No one
can keep you in bondage without your consent. If you find yourself struggling financially or in any other way, make a decision to break out of whatever rut you are in. Make a decision to change your life, then take inspired action.
If you are having issues with believing that you are worthy to have what you want, here is an exercise to help you stretch your belief.
Every day write the following in a notebook:
I am worthy to have nice things.
I am worthy to earn a comfortable living.
Then dream of whatever you want and write it as well.
I am worthy to (write your dream)
Continue as long as you need.
I am worthy of a nice home.
I am worthy of a loving partner.
Now let's change it a bit.
I deserve a nice home.
I deserve a loving partner.
I deserve to earn a comfortable living.
Keep going, saying I deserve. Because you do. Now, let's change it up a bit more.
I am entitled to a nice home.
I am entitled to a nice car.
I am entitled to a loving partner.
I am entitled to earn a comfortable living.
Keep going. I know it may feel strange to say these things because we have been told from the time we were young that we shouldn't want nice things, it was selfish of us to even ask for nice things. It's time to change that mindset and it's also time to change that mindset in our children. I don't believe that this type of mindset is going to spoil anyone. I believe that by accepting our self-worth and seeing ourselves as worthy of our dreams, seeing ourselves the way God sees us, is the least spoiling thing we can do for us, our families and our communities.
These exercises have helped me learn and grow so much in such a short time. I hope they help you as well.
**Added 2/9/12 Deliberate Blog has posted on this issue too - Deliberate Blog: A Sense of Entitlement.