Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will — his personal responsibility. ~Albert Schweitzer~
Too often, we tend to blame everything and everyone else for our misfortune, problems and any resulting bad behaviors and attitudes. There comes a time when we must accept that we are responsible for the consequences of our own actions, the attitude with which we choose to face each day, how we behave toward others, and for doing to the best of our ability, the tasks that have been placed before us.
Thought for the day
It is the “If only” or the “You don’t understand” or the “If God would” or If God/Mother/Father had” approach to living life that will keep us bound to our addictions and keep us from being free from the Pity Pot, that throne of addiction that enslaves our minds. Stop with all the imagined self victimization. It’s over and we must learn to make peace with our past or forever be bound to it. Let us free ourselves by accepting and taking responsibility for our actions. It is a much better way of life!
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. ~Romans 12:3-12 (NLT)~