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Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Choices Ultimately Control My Calendar

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

Bottom Line:
We are responsible for our own actions

What this means to me:
I need to make sure I’m bearing responsibility for my own faults and burdens. No one is perfect.

Today's passage also comes from Galatians chapter 6 where Paul explains that we harvest what we plant. We are to gently and humbly help those who are stumbling, being careful to not fall into the same temptations ourselves. We should sharing each other's burdens. We are not above helping anyone. We should pay careful attention to our own work and not compare it with others, for then we will get the satisfaction of a job well done. We are to take responsibility for our own conduct. We will always harvest what we have planted. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. For at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone as nothing worthwhile will ever be easy.

Often in our culture, taking personal responsibility for our actions is substituted by placing the blame elsewhere. It is always someone else's fault.  This verse reminds me that I need to take responsibility for my own actions and faults. With this in mind, my choices about how I respond to and handle things are far more powerful than my circumstances.

I may not like how complicated my life has become. But with few exceptions, no one is forcing me to keep my life complicated. I have the power to simplify my life. In fact, I believe that God would expect me to assume responsibility and to carefully choose how I spend my time.

What I’ve been learning is that I have just enough time to do God’s will while I’m here on Earth. I’ve been given just enough time to fulfill my purpose. When I try to do more than God planned, it’s only natural that I’ll will find myself constantly out of time or stressed over my schedule.

I should make a list of the activities and responsibilities that are causing me stress. Then based on this list, ask God to help me determine the things on my schedule that he never intended for me to do. I should also consider where I believe God wants me to focus my time and energy?

Then, I can consider what choices I’ll need to make to help me focus more on what God has planned.