Day 7: RESPONSIBILITY

Today’s principle focus is on responsibility and the self confidence that comes from living a responsible life.

Scripture of the day:Brothers, each man, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation God called him to. 1 Cor. 7:24

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By: “Today I will assume responsibility for myself and my family. If I want it done, there is no one better to do the job than me. I AM the right person for the job.”

Where do I see myself on a scale of 1-10 in the area of “Responsibility”? 7

Perhaps it was Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility playing about in my head last night before bed, or the fact that I am on Day 7 out of a 365 Day life change, but “RESPONSIBILITY” resounded as loudly as symbols clanking in my head when I woke up this morning! Each day, my dear readers, is a new day for me to write the HOT Topics. I do not craft them a week at a time, or reuse old material. Everyday is a new day, that I write about a principle that I am feeling the Lord wants me to focus on in my life. Today I am choosing to focus on becoming a more responsible and confident person.

RESPONSIBILITY BREEDS CONFIDENCE

Imagine with me for a moment, that you have found yourself working at Trump Plaza in Downtown New York with Donald Trump as your boss. You and two other co-workers are Mr. Trump’s private assistants and have been working for him for years. The Donald has decided to go abroad for six months, and has left you and your co-workers with a great responsibility. Each of you were left with at least 1,000$ to be in charge of, and you have no rules or instruction on what to do with it (but, as you know The Donald always has something up his sleeve).

You, having watched The Donald closely, have paid attention to all of his business dealings and the way that he works. You were able to take your 5,000$ and in six months turn it into 10,000$. Bob, your co-worker took his 2,000$, and he was able to do the same, also doubling The Donald’s investment. Charlie though, (the assistant who never really paid any attention whatsoever and was as irresponsible as the day is long), took his 1,000$ from The Donald and gave it back to him. He did nothing with the entrustment at all. For six months the money that he was given didn’t add any benefit to his life or to society. As a matter of fact Charlie told The Donald that he was afraid that he would do something wrong with it… so he didn’t even try!

Promptly, The Donald looks at you and says; “Well done, you watched me all these years and learned well! You have been responsible with a few responsibilities; I will put you in charge of many things! Come let us eat and celebrate together!” To Bob, he says the same, “Well done, you watched me all these years and learned well! You have been responsible with a few responsibilities; I will put you in charge of many things! Come let us eat and celebrate together!” Then to Charlie, he leans over and says.. “Charlie, YOU’RE FIRED!!”

YOUR LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT

Our lives are our responsibility. Just like in the illustration above, Charlie spent six months neither spending nor investing. Charlie lived out those six months doing nothing with the investment that Mr. Trump had given him. He on the contrary, he actually chose to live in fear that he would fail, so he chose to just sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by.

We are not called to sit on the sidelines, and this story isn’t original. It was first told over two-thousand years ago. Jesus told this story, and you can read it for yourself in Matt 25:19-28. In Jesus’ story, the “Charlie” character was called a wicked person and was rebuked because he didn’t even put the money in the bank to gain interest! His money that he “sat on” was quickly handed over to the man who had made the most. (In the case of The Donald, that would be you!)

Our lives are those talents. Our lives are what you make of the gifts God has given you. Today is a day to focus on being responsible with your gifts and talents. What is it that God has called you to do? What do you do better than everyone else? How can you make a difference? Letting your life go by, and not having done anything at all with it, then dying and being left to stand in front of God and say, “I was scared that I would fail, here you go, here is my life back”, will not please Him. He designed, breathed, and gave you life! He gave you gifts, talents, and opportunities! Today is THE DAY TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN WITH THEM!

My Prayer Today,
Father God, give us the wisdom how to be responsible with our lives today. Reveal to Your children their unique qualities and gifts. Everyone is given the measure of faith, and Father God I pray that You would stir up the passion and faith in Your children to step out and be bold, and take responsibility for their lives. The confidence and joy that will come from being the people that You desire them to be is… immeasurable! Show them today how it is that You desire for them to live; responsible, mature and confident men and women of God! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!

May the Lord God Bless you today as you take responsibility for your life… and make something of it!

Love Always,

Jessica

Did you know???

That the world famous Colonel Sanders launched his business at the age of 65, using his first Social Security check as start up funds.

A master of personal branding, Sanders leveraged his honorary “Colonel” title and constantly wore the stereotypical “southern gentleman” white-suit and black tie. The rocket like growth of KFC is now legendary, and prior to his death Colonel Sanders’ restaurant chain had achieved over 6,000 locations with sales of more than $2 billion.

During his entrepreneurial tenure Sanders met with the U.S. Congressional Committee of Aging and spoke against mandatory retirement, highlighting the love for work and the value of wisdom in the work place.

Today is Day 7 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Me you can find all of Jessica’s previous “HOT Topics” at, http://wholeheartedministries.com/bible-study/hot-topics

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