This morning I read the parable of the “Workers in the Vineyard” (Matt 20). What struck me today was the sense of entitlement the workers had. It’s a parable about a man who hires workers throughout the day and then pays them all the same wage, despite the fact that some have worked longer than others. Those who have worked all day are upset because they felt they were entitled to more pay than those who worked only a few hours.

A sense of entitlement is rooted in pride and is very destructive. It is an unrealistic, unmerited or inappropriate expectation of favorable living conditions and favorable treatment at the hands of others. Much of our anxiety, frustrations, and ill treatment towards others is rooted in our sense of entitlement. We believe we are entitled to be treated better, or that we deserve things to be different.

The fact is, we deserve death and are entitled to nothing! It’s when we really “get” that in our heads, that we begin to live with gratitude because we see how amazingly great God’s grace towards us is. Do yourself a favor and lose the “sense of entitlement,” and you will find a lot more joy and gratitude.