Keys101: Each of us have a variety of great abilities. For some of us it’s the ability to do algebra (well), fix stuff, or to design. We all have abilities — even if at times we need others to point them out to us.
But do you know what your greatest ability is? Responsibility.
Responsibility is your ability to respond to life. It’s what makes us human — and it’s a gift from God. Much of our lives haven’t been in our control. We didn’t choose where we were born. We didn’t choose who our parents would be. We didn’t choose how our parents would raise us. We didn’t choose the bad ass gifts and talents we brought into the world.
Responsibility is how you handle everything else. How we respond to what life throws at us impacts our lives more than any other factor. In fact, in many ways, life is a test of how we handle responsibility. We spend only a fraction of our lives on this side of existence. God doesn’t care about our achievements while we’re here on this earth (like others do, including ourselves) He cares about our character not how many coins or designer items we have.
Our lives today are dress rehearsals for what’s to come. We are put you on this earth primarily for two reasons- to know God personally and to develop character.
For decades, we’ve seen a decrease in responsibility throughout our culture. Many in our world live by the motto: “I’m not responsible for anything. It’s not my fault. What does that have to do with me.”
Responsible people make the most of the life they’ve been given. I’m doing my best. And, I’m pushing myself to be and do better. What is one area of your life — such as finances, parenting, relationships, etc. — where you feel you could be more responsible? I have a list. Make your list and be honest with it to yourself.
Happy growing and happy knowing.