One of the joys of living in a country that is not yours by birth is paperwork. I have 3 ½ months within in which I must get my UK driving license converted otherwise I have to re-sit my driving – 20 something years after my original test, no thank you! Long story short – I need a letter stating that my current driving license is valid and I’m not a banned driver. The driving license people in Northern Ireland call this a ‘Certificate of Entitlement. The name has stuck in my head all week.
I don’t want to rant, because I’m talking to myself as much as anyone else, but how come we live our lives as if we have a certificate of entitlement – that our lives must be easy, that God must make everything smooth and wonderful?? Certainly the news this week has given most of us a jolt out of entitlement mentality – those beautiful little boys washed up on the beach in Turkey were most certainly entitled to a better life. My petty entitlement issues and gripes with God because life is not as easy as I would like it sound empty and whiney.
God answers my entitlement mentality whines with a challenge – what can you do?
Matthew 25: 34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
I need a responsibility certificate instead of a entitlement certificate. Instead of focusing on what makes my a bit uncomfortable and instead focus on what I can do to ease someone else comfort.
My whine needs to change from ‘What about poor me God?’ to ‘What can I do Lord’.