A Word on Wednesday: Privilege

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return.” Luke 12:48.

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Privilege is a word that has been politicalized. We do not think we have privilege; we think our good fortune is the result of our effort and own doing. Maybe we don’t have white privilege or rich privilege or special rights granted based on provisions granted by an authority.

The sixth definition of the noun is an advantage or source of pleasure granted to a person: it is my privilege to be here. Audaciously, I declare “here” to be earth. It is my privilege to be taking up space. As such, it is my obligation to give much in return.

I have been given a life rich with love from infancy on, thanks goes first to my parents and sister. Over time, others have grown to love me as well. Along, the way, I learned of the love the Lord has for me. This life and love is not something I earned, it was granted to me.

God creates life. He loves with mercy on all of us — believers, skeptics, and deniers alike. The responsibility we have is to praise him with gratitude for all that has been given to us.

Regardless of my boot straps and tenacity, which have gotten me through many a obstacle, I was given life and love. Therefore, we should not deny our privilege, but allow it to humble us. Allow ourselves to pay our debt with the simple task of thanksgiving.

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