Being in a leadership position brings a whole slew of new problems. And one of those adds to my biggest struggle.
Truth be told, my struggle probably isn’t much different than yours. Especially if you’re a believer.
Do you want to know what I am constantly battling? Too bad, I’m going to tell you anyways.
I’m in a constant struggle with myself.
That’s right, I fight and struggle and rage against me, myself, and I.
Every day my Self rises within me. It tells me that I deserve more. My Self tells me that I am better than I am. It
And I have to constantly do battle with this inner feeling of entitlement.
That’s my struggle.
I feel like I’m entitled to things that I’m not.
How I Fight Back
It’d be easy to give in and say “OK, I really do deserve everything I think I do. I’m good and that’s that.” But it’s not.
That’s not how life works.
We’re not entitled to anything except death.
I’m okay with that most days. Then Self rises up and tells me that I deserve more.
That’s when I know I have to fight back against entitlement.
Here’s how I fight back:
Remind myself of what I truly deserve: For this, I have to go back to the source. That’s the Bible.
In it, we see who we truly are. Sinful men and women who, while loved by God, deserve nothing more than death apart from Him.
Serve others: Nothing puts me in my place like when I’m serving others.
Whether that’s feeding the poor, leading students, or helping others realize their potential (remember, potential is not entitlement), these things help me remember that there are ways to put others before my needs.
Giving: Much like serving, giving redirects my mindset to that of others. It tells me that my needs are met and I don’t truly need more, even if that’s what I want.
Instead, I can take the focus off of me and help someone else who is in need.
What about you? Do you find yourself struggling with the same thing as I do?