One of the biggest lies people like to believe is that we are not responsible for our own actions. We blame our mother, our employer, our neighbor, the government, or society. But in Romans 14:12, the Bible clearly indicates who is responsible and accountable for our deeds: "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
We may attempt to shift the blame to others, but there is no escaping the truth; every time we point the finger at someone else, three fingers point back at us.
Throughout my career as a consultant, I met many businessmen who were looking for answers. It was amazing to me to see how many were anxiously searching for help from other people when they had everything they needed to succeed. They were willing to give up control of their vision to others in exchange for money or even companionship. Their mistake was in looking to others instead of looking to God.
The false sense of security they found in others led them to unbalanced relationships, which eventually resulted in destruction of people and their dreams.
God sends people across our paths to bless and help us, but we should be directed by God and be very cautious when entering into any partnership. We must be sure that the reason for the relationship is right, and be sure that we are not merely looking for a shortcut.
For every successful partnership, there are hundreds of disasters. Exercise great caution when you are affiliated with someone else. In Exodus, God gave Moses some good advice that is applicable to us today. He said, "Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going or they will be a snare among you" (Exodus 34:12 NIV).
I believe that God wants us to learn most things for ourselves. Mark Twain wrote, "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way."
Decide for yourself. Learn for yourself. Answer for yourself.
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")
Most often we hear people talking about their situation mostly putting the blame on others, the circumstance, on luck, position of the moon and stars, etc. Seldom do we hear people accepting responsibility for his life. Yet in this modern era, we are confronted with the truth, that we are the ones responsible for ourselves. Decide. Learn. Answer. For yourself.
Today, I hope that you start deciding for yourself, you start learning for yourself, and answering for yourself. After all, it's your life anyway. It's your gift. Live it! It's called a present!
I hope you are encouraged by this short write up. And may your continue to be joyful, energetic and prosperous!
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