“The world owes me!!”
These are the words many, especially those that attend colleges, shout out constantly. Most became followers of Bernie Sanders. A man until the age of 40 never had a job, and that job was mayor.
When saying the Lord’s Prayer. One part of the prayer requests we be given our daily bread. Two thousand years ago food did not miraculously appear in the dinner table. The events of Harry Potter and the feasts in the great hall are not real. Also if you actually read the books. House Elves slaved for hours in the kitchen cooking all the food and placed them on matching tables directly below the tables in the hall. Then through a spell the items on the tables would switch to the tables above.
The lesson from this? Nothing is free and if it is promised who is to slave, toil and suffer just so you can have it for free, because it is owed you.
All must struggle in some form to achieve that which they seek. If any have what they seek just handed to them it will be at the cost of another’s struggles. Plus it will not be appreciated once it is given to you.
A prime example – slavery. The slave master lived in luxury, and was never satisfied. While their slaves were beaten, starved, raped and left to live in squalor. This has been a core element of the Democratic Party in the United States.
Vote for the 13th Amendment: For 100% Republican. Against 77% Democrat
Vote for the 14th Amendment: For 94% Republican. Against 100% Democrat
Vote for the 15th Amendment: For 100% Republican. Against 100% Democrat
When you truly seek knowledge you learn that it only comes through wisdom. That is only achieved through struggles, conflicts, adversity and humility. These are all things taught within the Bible.
When the Nazarene was rejected by those who knew Him his entire life, He knew adversity.
When Jesus was confronted by those in religious power, He knew conflict.
When Christ was arrested, beaten, whipped and then hung bloody upon a cross. He experienced true struggle. The struggle to let His Father’s will be fulfilled.
Today’s world is soft compared to events not only two thousand years ago, but seventy to seventy five years ago. Many today would not survive the simplest of issues or difficulties that those that lived in those times overcame. Sometimes with easy, other times through adversity, conflict and struggle.
Those that are older and alive today have earned their rewards for the most part. They are not owed them. They purchased them with their sweat, blood and tears.
How much have you truly scarified?