Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Rather, each will die for his own iniquity. Anyone who eats sour grapes – his own teeth will be set on edge.” Jeremiah 31:30 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are responsible for your choices.”
Probably one of the top ten most inspiring and motivational books I’ve read is “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews. I’ve mentioned this book in the past in previous devotionals.
The story revolves around a man named David who is at a low point in life and who has no idea how to get himself straightened out. As the story unfolds he finds himself on a journey through time. At each stop in history he encounters a real historical figure who teaches him an important life-lesson which will help to make his life better. Those principles become what he called “The Seven Decisions”. They are seven principles that a person can adopt and which will have a great positive impact on his or her life. All of them have to do with our topic of personal responsibility, so over the next seven days I will paraphrase and expand on each of those seven principles.
The first principle is “The buck stops here” and it comes from David’s encounter with President Harry Truman. Truman’s life lesson for David is that he must accept personal responsibility for his own choices, and for what those choices have brought into his life. A summary of that principle reads like this:
“I accept responsibility for my past. I am where I am because of my thinking. The way I think determines the choices I make. The choices I make determine how my life develops. My thinking creates a pathway to success or failure. Therefore, from this point forward, my thinking will be constructive rather than destructive. I will be my best mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially because of the way I think. My future is my responsibility.”
The way you think determines the choices you make. The choices you make will determine how your life turns out. You are where you are today because of the choices you have made in the past. Where you will end up tomorrow will largely be determined by the choices you are making today. You are responsible for you. It’s not up to anybody else to provide you an income, pay your bills, put food on your table, mow your lawn, make your bed, or anything else in your life. That’s the point of Jeremiah 31:10. It’s all about personal responsibility.
If you make good choices you will get good results. If you make bad choices and you will get bad results. It’s your responsibility to think right, act right, and live right. This is the life that God will bless.