Monday, August 20, 2012

Personal Accountability


“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.“ Sir Josiah Stamp

I get so tired of watching people fall into the trap of blaming other people for their choices in life... for not living up to their own, personal responsibility.

Ezekiel 18:20

20 tThe soul who sins shall die. uThe son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. vThe righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, wand the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

We are all given free will in life. We make our own decisions, choose our paths, and we are to be held accountable for those choices. Everything in life is a choice... From how we treat others, to how we treat ourselves. No one is perfect, we are all far from it. But I've learned that if you can hold yourself accountable for your actions, for your choices in life, you can become a much better person. “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” Unknown

Learn to see the positive even in the worst situations. Everything happens for a reason in life. Whether we make good decisions, or bad, we have the opportunity to learn from them. When we feel like something in life has gone "oh so wrong" or hasn't gone our way, or as we'd planned, just remember that God has a plan for you - and just because something doesn't go as we'd hoped, doesn't mean He doesn't have something better in store!

Romans 8:28 
28 And we know that [a]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Some things in life are not choices, yes. But we choose how we react to those things. We can't choose when we're born, where we're born, or our family... You can't even choose who you love. But you can choose how you love. (Richard Cooper). You can choose to love unconditionally. Love isn't purely a feeling... feelings and emotions come and go. Love is a commitment. Love is choosing to be with a person through thick and thin... the good, the bad, even the ugly.

And none of this is easy, I'm not suggesting it is. But it gets a little easier over time, as you continue to commit yourself to be accountable... to commit yourself to love. The more you keep pushing yourself to make the right decisions, to be responsible for your bad decisions, and to focus on the good in life less than the bad, the more natural it will come. The less you will have to force it. And the closer you will come to God.

I'm learning over time that by striving to follow in Christ's footsteps, and to worry about my own sin and love others despite their differences or own problems in life, I'm opening myself up to a world of love and happiness... instead of of hate and stress.

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