Take Responsibility

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“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“Is it their fault or yours?” I heard the Spirit of God essentially ask me one day.

“Mine.” Uh oh. There it was. The truth. I don’t recommend lying to God. Ever. He already knows the truth. And lying is sin. The truth will come out at the end anyway.

That day, it came out quickly. See, I started blaming the dogs for why my work day wasn’t going as I desired. Why I wasn’t getting much done. Not what I wanted anyway. They were up to their usual antics. Some of them anyway. But God wanted me to see something. It wasn’t their fault. It was mine.

“Take responsibility,” He then effectively said.

In plain English? Stop pointing the finger. Take responsibility for my own wrongdoing. Seek forgiveness for it. Turn from it. Turn to God. And to His ways. My irritability, my impatience, my little outburst, all wrong. My sin. I needed to repent. And I did. Now back to business. Back to the Lord. To the rest of the day. Following Him. Not my flesh. Walking in His love. His ways. For His glory.

Where does it all begin? Taking responsibility for OUR WRONGDOING. For OUR SHORTCOMINGS. For OUR SINS. For where WE FALL SHORT. For where WE NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE. For where we NEED TO TURN BACK TO GOD. For when we FIND OURSELVES OFF COURSE. OFF TRACK.

It’s easy to finger point, isn’t it? My dogs in fact were falling short, but what happened that day wasn’t about them. It was about me. Some stuff that had nothing to do with them at all. Like how distracted I had been that morning. Some stuff that did have to do with them, but I needed to have a different response toward them. Beginning with forgiveness. And love, patience, and self-control.

Long ago, I was told I needed to take care of my side of the street. And let others take care of theirs.

How’s your side of the street looking? Been finger pointing? Need to get back to your side of the street? Back on track? On course? Take responsibility. Turn to Jesus. In repentance. Then proceed on course. Following Him. This moment. Today. And forevermore. AMEN!

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