Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. A. W. Tozer
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Dietrich Bonheoffer
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. Les Brown
How many times have we said that someone should do something? How often do we have issues and problems and do nothing? How often do we actually take charge and do something proactive toward finding a solution? It is easier to criticize and complain than get involved. How many of us look the other way to avoid looking too closely just to minimize the risk of getting involved?
An old adage states that if it is to be it is up to me. If something needs fixing, if we do not get involved ourselves, chances are it will not be fixed anytime soon. We put up with things that are broken or undesirable, or with hassles and nuisances, rather than taking the responsibility for fixing them. There are lots of complainers and few fixers. When volunteers are asked for we step backwards instead of forward. There are always many more Indians than there are chiefs to lead them.
What about all the problems and undesirables that apply directly to us? The more we observe and monitor ourselves the more we will become aware that we need fixing; things prevent us from becoming a better us. We have shortcomings, weaknesses and faults. We can make a list of all the things we do not like about ourselves. Our friends and loved ones can add to the length of our list. If we are not making steady progress in becoming a better version of ourselves, then it is time to do something to start fixing problems. It is not realistic to believe that anyone else is likely to be able to fix our personal problems for us. There may be plentitudes of so-called advice, criticism and complaining from others, but usually very little constructive assistance. We should always remember, “If it is to be, it is up to me”.
We are responsible and accountable for what we do with our lives. If we are not taking care of our own garden, no one else is going to weed and nurture it. Everyone has their own gardens to care for. It falls upon our own shoulders to turn ourselves into a beautiful and fruitful garden. The end result can be weeds and thorns or beautiful flowers and vegetables. No pain, no gain, you get what you pay for, and there is no free harvest when it comes to your own garden.
Challenge: What things about your life bug you the most? There are always things you can do little about, but there are things you can affect and change for the better. It boils down to two choices, accept things as they are and do nothing, or decide the battle for improvement is worth the effort and get going. Whether it is something on the outside or something personal and within, if it is to be, it may well be that it is up to you to change it.
Wisdom: Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. Albert Schweitzer
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
We have several paths available. There are those who go it on their own, take what comes their way, and do little or nothing to make much out of life. There are those who go it on their own, are greatly motivated but are limited to do what can be done relying only in their own strength. There are those who understand life is much better with God at their side and get so much more accomplished because of his loving guidance and advice.
Prayer: Help me to take the right path and to have you at my side guiding and directing me.