Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Nobody to blame.

How often do we question or complain when something doesn't go our way. That is unfortunately the story of many of our lives. We complain and complain, looking for a reason, an excuse, someone/something to blame. But how about this, how about we take responsibility. I think many of us, including myself, need to start taking more responsibility in our lives. It may mean taking responsibility for our actions, or of those around us that affect us; but we need to take on more responsibility.

Too often we make excuses; I'm tired, I'm not comfortable, I'm too busy, I don't want to, but that person did that, it's not my problem, it's not my fault, etc. None of that matters, we should be leaders and accept more responsibilities for and in our lives. How quick we are to agree that things need to be done, but we don't want to do anything about it. How quick we are to say there needs to be a change, but we aren't willing to endure the steps to change. I think those last two statements explain many of our lives, unfortunately, including mine. Why can't we see the bigger picture, why can't we get it? I'm not sure, my only explanation is an observance of how we don't accept responsibility or accountability. It shouldn't be that way though. If we are to be Christ-like as Christians, then let's be Christ-like.

You see this is something that goes often noticed but yet still unnoticed. Jesus showed the ultimate example of responsibility and accountability through His life, and what He did on the cross for us. Honestly, it wasn't His place to be on that cross. It wasn't His sin, on the contrary He was sinless. It wasn't His price to pay, but He payed it. The only one that had no business doing anything for us, is the one who did everything for us. He saw a need, and through His love met it. We are His children, and He took responsibility for us. He is not responsible for our sins, but as His children, He feels responsible for us. He knew we could never pay the price for sin, He knew we had no way to do so. So He took responsibility and accountability for us upon Himself and made a way. He didn't have to do so, but He did.

Now I ask what if Jesus had the same attitude that most of us have. What if Christ said well that's not my problem. What if He said He was tired or didn't want to do it. What if His mentality for His life was the same that we have for ours. Honestly, I think we'd be in trouble; going up the creek without a paddle. When we really take time to see what He did, we'd see, among many things, that Jesus Christ gave us the best possible demonstration of how to take responsibility and be accountable, even for things that aren't your fault or that you don't want to do.

So let's stop making excuses, let's be responsible and accountable. We all have problems in our lives, whether a sin problem, or any kind of issue; that means problems with yourself, problems with your family, problems with friends, or problems with strangers. The solution to those problems can't be found by living in excuses. Stop blaming your past, your present or others for things. Stop making excuses. Jesus showed us how to take accountability and responsibility; so when we fail to do so, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. But don't get down on yourself, just get up stop blaming, and make it happen.

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