It’s your life; it’s your responsibility

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “It’s your life, it’s your responsibility”
 
When it comes to the subject of personal responsibility, there seem to be two negative and destructive mindsets which are becoming more and more widespread throughout our society. One is a sense of entitlement and the other is a victim mentality.
 
Many people feel entitled to being cared for and to have things provided for them – especially from the government. This is why socialism is becoming increasingly popular. The promise of welfare, food stamps, free money in the form of government stimulus checks, free healthcare, extended unemployment checks, student loan debt forgiveness, more free money, and on it goes. Many people feel like society and the government owe them a living. They feel entitled.
 
We’re also becoming a society of victims. Increasing numbers of people go through life feeling like every problem they face is someone else’s fault. Nothing is ever their own fault. (It’s so much easier to blame others for our situations than it is to accept responsibility for the consequences of our own actions.) They have a victim mentality.
 
As we conclude our two-month devotional study about “personal responsibility” let’s remember that we are each 100% responsible for our own lives. For one thing, we are each responsible for taking care of ourselves and our families to the greatest extent possible. This is Biblical. There are no free rides in life. We are “entitled” to nothing we haven’t earned.
 
And with respect to clinging to a sense of being a victim, while it’s true that we can’t always control all the things that happen to us in life, we can always control how we deal with the things that happen to us. We can choose to handle our situations with faith, courage, strength, and dignity. We don’t have to assume the manner of a helpless victim. Instead, we can be strong men and women of faith and courage; men and women who go boldly forward in life, doing the best we can under the circumstances as they are, and refusing to give up. We hold up rather than fold up.
 
In 2 Corinthians 5:10 the Apostle Paul reminded us that we are each responsible for our own lives, and we will one day have to answer to the Lord for all of it. So, to sum up these entire two months of devotionals I would say: It’s your life. It’s your responsibility. Own it.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim 
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