Sometimes I find myself wondering...
Why did this happen to me?
I deserve better than this!
How could I be treated like this?
It isn't easy to keep a healthy perspective living in the culture we do. We live in a consumer driven society. Entitlement runs throughout. Expectations aren't always realistic.
Following Jesus, entitlement doesn't exist. Jesus didn't promise us that we would be treated well because we deserved to be. He actually tells us that we will face hardships. Jesus deserved more than we could ever imagine, yet he still suffered for us, so we wouldn't have to.
I am amazed at what I read about Jesus in Philippians 2:5-8. Paul says that our attitude "...should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!"
Wow. Jesus, God himself, who actually should be entitled to all glory, "made himself nothing." He did not complain that things were unfair, or wonder "why me?" He knew the purpose He was here for, and subjected Himself to the suffering willingly. There was no sense of entitlement on His part. And as believers, we are to have an attitude similar to this.
So where does this leave us?
Our perspective should actually be one of gratitude and thankfulness. Life filtered through this lens will help us seen the blessings we have been given. And even though life might not go as we plan, we can hold it with an open palm, and say "even though I am going through this Lord, I thank you for....", this will help us keep the right perspective, and maybe not be so disappointed when things didn't go as we planned.