God's Word for Today: Privilege. This word is strictly a matter of opinion. Some view others as being born with privilege. Others don't have a clue what privilege is, they have always had it and wouldn't know what to do without it. And then, you have those whose spend their lives attempting to make sure their children have privilege because they themselves had to grow up without it.
In a recent post, TV star Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs and now, Someone's Gotta Do It (10ET on CNN) had a discussion with one of his followers. The main jest of the post was hard work was the primary route to success. One of his viewers was trying to make the point that hard work didn't lead as much to success as did privilege. Being a straight white male, living in the USA was also a very positive asset. Being a person already living in privilege helped too, as far as obtaining their definition of success.
I tend to disagree with their argument in its entirety. The whole argument/discussion was based on their definition of success. Which, when examined meant material gain. Thus, they were right in pointing out the atributes of being a straight white male living in the United States, and even better, being born into privilege. If your only measurment of success is in material wealth, then it is easy to look on the other side of the fence and envy someone who had certain advantages.
I will not argue that hard work is a route to success. I also will not argue that if born with privilege, one has a tendency not to have to learn what hard work is. But I will always argue the definition of success if strictly catagorized in the monetary definition. And if we are going to realize success as something other than amount of money, can't we also move privilege away from that same designation?
Mark 4:18-20. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.
This scripture has to be part of one of my all time favorites. In its entirety, the scripture is describing a wheat sower as he is spreading seed. Where this seed lands determines its future. We all want to be the last seed described. The seed that lands on the fertile soil and is successful in life. We want to make sure that we provide a place in the fertile soil for our family to all be in too. We want success and privilege.
Versus 18 and 19 tho, warn us of what happens if we pursue the wrong definition of privilege and success. Pretty soon, the pursuit of these items chokes out any joy we would receive, once we gain our desires.
I can honestly say I was born in privilege. I was blessed with 2 parents who knew how to work hard. Mom and Dad also had a very strong faith in God, which they shared with us kids. Not in a force fed type way, but in a how they lived type way. We never had much in the way of monetary riches, but we had love. Yes, I was very privileged.
Today, take a good look at your definition of privilege and success. Is your definition of success measured by how your children or grandchildren run up to you and jump in your arms? Do you have the privilege of being able to work hard, step back, and appreciate a job well done? Can you honestly say that your world is complete with the success of following God? Are you one of the privileged who knows God's grace through our Lord Jesus Christ? I pray this is so................................
Prayer: Dearest Lord, today I come to you as a humble servent. Forgive me for my pursuit of privilege other than the table you have set before me. I know that this world offers some pretty good and desirable things. But Lord, I also know that without you, everything I have, means nothing. Help me today God, to work hard for you. I pray this in Jesus', the one who died for my privilege, name I pray. Amen.