Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Will Durant
There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action. – Goethe
There are many delusional people in this world thinking that their ignorance, excuses, and lack of responsibility carries no consequences. These people are wrong and misguided. There is no pass or excuse for being irresponsible and unaccountable. There is no free lunch, something for nothing, and no real shortcuts. We get out of life what we put into it. Sloppy efforts at living life will result in sloppy results and a poorly lived life.
Many people must have been absent the day they were informed they are responsible and accountable for what they do with their lives. How we manage our life, what we do with it, what we accomplish or do not accomplish and whether we make any difference or not; falls squarely on our own shoulders. All the parameters for measuring the quality of a well-lived life became our responsibility the moment we became adults and became totally accountable for ourselves. At that point our parents were no longer responsible or accountable for us. We became our own baby to raise and teach. The exception is the few who are not capable or totally abdicate responsibility and end up parented or managed by the state. The vast majority of us have to fend for ourselves, make our own beds, and decide to what degree or not, we want to be good stewards; or to what extent we want to abdicate our responsibilities. There are no acceptable excuses for a lack of effort or ignorance.
We know deeply in our hearts that we are supposed to do something worthwhile and meaningful. Each of us knows we should use the talents and abilities we have to make the most of what opportunities came our way. We intrinsically know we are supposed to do what it right and to make a positive difference anyway we can. When it is all over, it needs to be said we contributed something worthwhile as a result of having been here. Deep down, our conscience or some guiding force is expecting us to live to our potential. We all know these things.
Somehow, someway, we should realize that we cannot escape our responsibilities. We are being held responsible and accountable by something or someone. We will not be able to say I did not know, or I did not understand. We do know and we do understand. Claiming ignorance will be no excuse.
Challenge: You cannot abdicate the responsibility of what you do with your life. This responsibility will always be with you. It is attached to you and there is no getting rid of it. The more you try to avoid it or to take it lightly the more difficulties and hardships will come your way. The answer is to step forward, take responsibility, put your hands on your life’s steering wheel and move forward with purpose and conviction. It is your mission.
Wisdom: Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Even though we do not have all the answers, most of us know that we are not put here to vegetate, slack off, and to go through life with the bare minimum. This is contrary to our intuition and understanding. We can try to look the other way or bury our heads in the sand, but it will do no good. There is always something deep down inside reminding us of this truth. Most of us know that what we hear is God trying to get us to listen.
Prayer: Help me to become responsible and accountable. Help me to have the strength and courage to do so.