Friday, November 1, 2013

A Sense of Entitlement


We've grown up in a culture that "tells" us we're entitled to things. If we want something or if we see that another person has something that we don't yet have then we made a "secret" claim that it's not fair and we should have that thing too. 

G-d looks down on this unfortunate situation and sees that we just aren't getting it. After all - He's the boss not us. This world which He created and everything in it belongs to Him and our incessant complaining and chronic sense of dissatisfaction with our lives separates us from G-d. In a sense G-d is also "bound" by His own rules and has no choice but to bring harsh judgments on people - not as a punishment, but as a way of helping them to break their arrogance and find their way back to Him.

Let's declare a new beginning right now. We can start recognizing that G-d's resources are infinite and that He wants to channel His abundant blessings upon us. By recognizing that G-d is both superior to us in every respect and that His main goal has always been to bestow goodness upon us, we will then know the truth. Once our eyes are opened to the truth we will feel humble and want to return to Him. Naturally we then want to "come clean" by apologizing for our arrogance and lack of appreciation. Hashem will then shine His joy and light into us and lead us, his children, on the righteous path.

With blessings for a wonderful Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen