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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Assuming Responsibility

In review of Galatians 6:5 it says, "We are each responsible for our own conduct.”

Bottom Line:
Assume responsibility for yourself.

What this means to me:
I am to do my own work and not compare myself with others. Ultimately I’m responsible for my own conduct and I must carry my own load. When it comes to dreams, people will usually deal with them in one of three ways.  They accuse, excuse, or they choose.  An accuser spends their entire lives blaming others for why they haven’t achieved their dreams. An excuser makes excuses for why they are not living their dreams. A chooser will do what it takes to live their dreams. The Bible tells me that all are created in the image of God. The ability to choose is the unique characteristic that separates us from animals. It’s one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Free choice also means we’re equally able to make bad choices, so it can also be our greatest curse. A chooser will take the responsibility for their choices and for the direction of their lives. They won’t blame others or make excuses. The Bible explains in Galatians 6:5, “We are each responsible for our own conduct” (NLT). So instead of complaining that I haven’t achieved my dreams, I should take the responsibility for what hasn’t been done. My good and bad choices have a far greater impact on my ability to achieve my dreams than any other factor. I can’t always control my circumstances, but I can control how I respond to them. Proverbs 22:13 says, “The lazy person is full of excuses” (LB). I choose not to be that person. I will avoid making any excuses for my unrealized dreams. Today I will make the choice to do something about the dreams God has given me.