When you saw the title of this post there's a very good possibility you groaned in dread. "Oh, great," you may've moaned. "The girl who is so irresponsible in her blogging, writing, and probably everything else is giving me a lecture on responsibility?!"
If that was you (or even if it wasn't), take a deep breath and relax. This isn't going to be a lecture. ;)
What comes to mind when you think of responsibilities? For me I think of several lines I've heard many times – growing up and still now. (You'd think I would have learned to listen by now.)
"Keep up with your stuff."
"A place for everything and everything in its place."
"Watch out for your brother."
"Make sure you finish your schoolwork."
We've all heard those once or twice
or a couple hundred times, right? ;) But is that the only areas we should be responsible? Our stuff and our siblings? Both of those are very important – don't get me wrong! :) But what about other things? Like our speech? Our behavior? The way we present ourselves? Shouldn't we be responsible in those areas too?
So, suppose you've made the decision – you've committed yourself to living everyday as a responsible Christian lady (or gentlemen...if there're any out there. ;)). You think you're doing pretty good. It's been a week since you lost your glasses (this is a big one for me), your phone, or your notes for your research paper. You kept up with your little siblings at Bible study, you finished your assigned reading a day early, you even made dinner and cleaned up afterwards Friday to give mom the night off.
Are you being responsible? Are these things important and God-honoring? Absolutely!! But...what about other areas?
What about when you ignored your sister after she took your movie without asking?
What about when you refused to talk to your little brother after he squirted questionable substances in your toothbrush? (I've been there, friends.)
What about when you ignored the little kids at church and chose to talk to your friends instead?
Are these things Christ-like? God-honoring? The right way for Christians to show God's love to this world? I don't think so. My challenge to you is to truly strive each and everyday to be a responsible Christian, sister, daughter, and friend.
Instead of getting upset with your sister for taking your movie, suggest the two of you (or all your siblings) have a movie night for some sibling bonding time.
When your brother squirts stuff in your toothbrush, don't fly mad. Maybe he's just trying to get your attention. (Let's face it – he succeeded!) Try to spend some special time with him too.
Make an effort to talk to the younger kids at church. Be sure to include them in games and activities. When you we're their age, you looked up to the big kids too.
This post is ending up a lot longer than I intended for it to be, so here's my point. Be responsible in everything. Be an 'all or none person' (all, preferably!). Ask God to help you think and act responsibly in everything you do. In your relationships, in your schoolwork, in keeping up with your stuff and your siblings, in seeking God's will for your life... (That could be a complete other post.)
I'm taking the challenge. I'm going to really try to do this. Will you join me? Let's help each other, pray for each other, and hold each other accountable. :)
Your sister in Christ,