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This week’s writing prompt is: DESERVE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

When I stop and think about it, it seems to me that the majority of the conflicts and controversies these days are rooted in the belief that somebody deserves something. As if we have a right to possess something in particular or be treated in a particular way.

Think about it with me: Weren’t most of the conflict and controversies that permeated the pandemic based on beliefs about rights and what people “deserved”? Isn’t that was dominates the conversation about LGBTQ+ rights and other hot topics these days?

We think we deserve our freedom.

We think we deserve to make our own choices.

We think we deserve happiness.

We think we deserve comfort and convenience.

We probably wouldn’t go so far as to use these words, but we think we deserve to play God.

You might not like to hear this, but if we’re basing our beliefs on what the Bible says, the only thing we deserve is hell. Eternal punishment.

When we forget that, we so easily get our priorities mixed up and we end up demanding, discontent, argumentative, slighted.

We must remember: It is purely and solely by the grace of God that we have anything good in our lives, any concept of love or joy, any hope for the future.

We deserve none of it, but He is a good, gracious, generous Father who delights to give good gifts to His undeserving children.

It’s called grace, and He is full of it.





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