The buck stops here. ~Harry S. Truman~
We can try as we might, to justify that our words or actions are the result of our environment, circumstances, previous experiences, reaction to others’ behavior, etc. Ultimately however, we alone must bear the responsibility for, and accept the consequences of, the things that we think, say and do. When our hearts are pure and full of that which is good and our minds have been properly trained, external influences will have no power to influence our own behavior.
Thought for the day
Isn’t the meditation what recovery is about? Absolutely! And how can we get from where we are today to the place where we are no longer subject to what people say and do for our happiness and joie de vivre? Through a continual effort to rid ourselves of the character defects and instinctual reactions that have heretofore been our modus operandi. Among the first things we need to work on is our incessant need to blame everyone and everything for our misfortunes. We must stop playing the victim! Rise above yourself and start accepting responsibility. No one can or will do the work required to get you healed. It’s an inside job, and it is your inside job. Accept the responsibility and God’s grace and let the buck stop with you!
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. ~Jeremiah 17:10~
…the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
For He will render to every man according to his works [justly, as his deeds deserve]: To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal blessedness of] immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath. ~Romans 2:6,7 (Amp)~