Every person deals with a sense of entitlement. Our attitude often reflects our strong belief that we deserve a high level of privilege without having to do the work required to earn it.
This is especially true for young people, and is due in part to how kids are labeled in their formative years. Children grow up being called “champ,” “hero,” “princess,” and who knows what else to bolster their self-esteem and foster a healthy ego. Young athletes win trophies and ribbons regardless of their performance. “Everyone’s a winner” we tell them. But this becomes a problem as they get older. It creates an expectation of greatness without cost, as if we can have anything and everything we want if we just say the right things.
Wrong. There’s nothing wrong with encouragement, but let’s be realistic. Everything costs somebody something. You can have anything you want, but it’s going to cost you. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Consider David’s life. He was anointed as God’s chosen king at a very young age, most likely a young teenager. And yet even after David was anointed king of Israel by Samuel, he went back to his sheep-tending duties. He spent 15-some years as a shepherd, musician, warrior, and fugitive before he actually sat on the throne and enjoyed the privileges of kingship. It was this long and painful stint in obscurity that prepared David to be Israel’s most successful and beloved king.
This is a great lesson for young leaders who have caught a glimpse of the potential they have. You may have big dreams for what you want to accomplish, and many of these are good dreams and are God-inspired. But having a dream and realizing that dream are two very different things. Having the dream/vision/idea is the easy part. It is in the planning and execution (the work) of that dream that determines it’s success.
We have a responsibility to do the work required to grow into the calling God places on us. Don’t just sit around and wait for your time to come, and don’t expect it to be handed to you on a sliver platter. Following Christ doesn’t mean you don’t have to work, it means you now have supernatural help in the work. So instead of whining and waiting for it all to drop into place, humbly and with God’s help, work towards achieving His best in your life.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10