SCRIPTURE: “The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ . . . The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” – Genesis 3:12-13 – NIV
“I am responsible.” These words are sometimes hard to utter, and yet, they are the key to lasting peace and power. I credit Brian Tracy for opening my mind to this truth. Responsibility is the opposite of blame. It is synonymous with accountability. When you are responsible, you own the outcome, the results of your choices. People who take responsibility tend to choose wisely, because they know there is no one else to blame.
Adam did not take responsibility for his choice in the Garden of Eden. Not only did he blame his wife, but God as well! The Believer’s Bible Commentary puts it this way: “Thus he insinuates that God was accessory to his sin: he gave him the woman, and she gave him the fruit; so that he seemed to have it at but one remove from God’s own hand.” Eve was not any better, as she blamed the serpent for her actions. This is human nature.
Accepting responsibility is the cost of free choice. The good news is when you make Higher Choices and stay aligned to True North, you experience peace and power. You know peace, because God has guided your decision, and he promises to be faithful when you trust him. You know power, because each time you move forward and take actions within your circle of personal authority you increase your confidence and expand your capabilities.
Adam and Eve blamed others for their sin. They felt shame and guilt as long as they denied their wrong, cutting themselves off from God. The good news is that when you acknowledge your mistakes and repent, God forgives and brings you back into his arms. There, you rest assured in his love, hear his voice guiding you, and receive his strength to continue on with your great adventure.
“In short, you thought the thoughts, you created the feelings, you made the choice, you said the words, and that’s why you are where you are now.” – Jack Canfield
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. Is there some result or outcome you are experiencing for which you blame another?|
|2. Why does blaming others cause you to lose peace and power?|
|3. What personal power can you exercise today to accept complete responsibility?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|