|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.” Proverbs 9:12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for the consequences of your choices.”
Today we live in a society of victims. More precisely, we live in a society where an increasing number of people believe their problems are all someone else’s fault. I once knew a woman who was a shameless drama queen and a terrible gossiper. She was also a hypochondriac who talked endlessly about all the things she was certain was wrong with her. So it probably doesn’t surprise you that she had multiple broken relationships with men and was incapable of making a relationship last. But to hear her tell it, the problem was with the men not with her. “There are no good men anymore” she could often be heard to say.
I know a man who has had terrible financial habits his entire adult life. He has always spent far more than he earned, he acquired huge amounts of debt, he has declared bankruptcy twice, he is currently living in poverty on government assistance, and he has another new pile of debt that he can’t pay. He doesn’t work, and he often complains that it’s unreasonable to expect him to be able to live on the small amount of government assistance he is given. The problem, in his view, isn’t that he has created his own financial mess and is now suffering for it, but rather that the government isn’t giving him enough to live on.
Those are just two examples of individuals behaving in irresponsible ways but then blaming others for the consequences of their own bad behavior. I could cite numerous other examples, but you get the point. There are way too many people today living badly and then blaming others for their circumstances. By the way, both of the individuals I referred to above are professing Christians.
In the Bible God calls us to live lives of personal responsibility under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are to work hard, make good decisions, honor God, bless others, and take good care of our families. We will then reap the consequences of our own choices (be those consequences good or bad), and we are to accept responsibility for our actions. As Proverbs 9:12 tells us, if we are wise, it is for our own benefit, and we will suffer the consequences of poor choices.
This month we will spend our time exploring what the Bible has to teach us about personal responsibility.