Are You Getting What You Deserve?


I got cut off on the road the other day by an inconsiderate driver.

I found myself saying aloud “I didn’t deserve that.”

It got me thinking about how we tend to go through life thinking about — and insisting upon — what we believe we deserve. As a woman and wife, I hear these things often, and at times, I think them myself:

I deserve health and happiness

I deserve better pay

I deserve to have a fairy tale romance like I see in the movies

I deserve respect because of my education and experience

I deserve better treatment on this job

I deserve not to be questioned when it comes to my opinion

I deserve only the best

And yet, as I go to Scripture and learn of God’s unconditional love, His unending faithfulness, and His unfathomable grace, I am reminded of the many things I have that I don’t deserve:

  • A God who has pursued me while I have often run from Him (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • Forgiveness of my sins before I even knew to repent of them (Psalm 103:12)
  • Eternal life by trusting in Him, not in my own efforts at being good (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • A life of hope even though I can tend to face life pessimistically
  • Forgiveness that is free to me, but cost God an incredible price.

Scripture says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights, in whom there is no shifting shadow” (James 1:17).

Nearly everything I can think of that truly matters in my life (family, friendships, memories,) is a blessing from God…not something I earned or even deserve.

What do you have that you don’t deserve?  I’d love for you to list it in the comment section below. Then thank Him for those things right now. And go through this day differently.

Cindi
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Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

3 Comments

Ilena
Reply March 19, 2015

My amazing loving parents that are taking take of all my needs during my time of chronic illness, I'm truly blessed to be fully taken care of and I'm 32 when I know so many others in my situation may not have any help and my parents are taking care of me financially and a roof over my head and I thank God for blessing me with such great parents that I don't even deserve. Lord I thank you for all your blessings that I don't deserve.

    StrengthSoul
    Reply March 19, 2015

    Thank you, Ilena, for your comment. Yes, that is truly a blessing that your parents continue to make the sacrifices necessary to care for you...especially in this world today when so many parents selfishly think of their own interests first. I join you in praising God and thanking Him for parents who love you like God does. :)

Chery
Reply March 27, 2015

This is a great reminder Cindi...ALL of the AMAZING blessings I enjoy each day!!! Thank you for showering me with those blessings Lord, even though I am so undeserving. Let me use them to serve others in Your Name<3

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