What Does the World Owe You?

We’ve all met this person. They have no regrets. They’re never wrong. They never say they’re sorry. It’s somehow always the other person’s fault.

Whether this person realizes it or not, they think and live as if the world is their oyster and whatever pearl is to be had is owed them.

Usually, this person has been hurt at some point in their life. Sometimes terribly. Often at the hands of someone that they loved and trusted.

And while they can be sensitive to the suffering of others, their suffering, their experience is always the worst. They have this wound that they just can’t forget. They’ve had something taken from them, and they’re going to get it back.

But, they can never get it back. It doesn’t work that way.

But, we all try. Don’t we? We try until we’re the cause of other people’s hurts and wounds and their self-centered thinking: “The world owes me.”

Forgiveness is the only way to stop this cycle.

Forgiveness is the only way to bring the suffering to an end.

Forgiveness is the only way to get back what was lost.

God, help us to forgive, as You forgive us—not thinking that the world owes us.