In the past several years I’ve heard a phrase over and over that has recently started to irritate me. There are variations of this phrase. Perhaps you’ve heard it. “I made a bad choice.” “She made a bad choice.” “He made a bad choice” “Maybe that was a bad choice.” “I could have (should have) made a better chioce” “It was his/her choice.”
Most of the time this phrase is used, it is in reference to what us “old schoolers” would call SIN.
One of the biggest issues we see today is a generation unwilling to take responsibility for their own actions. Instead of “owning up” or simply “owning” an action, excuses are offered and blame is laid. It’s time for each one of us to stop watering down the truth and face it. We are all sinners; we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Not one of us can live up the the standard (Jesus) that has been placed before us. We simple cannot compare to Him. (Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God)
Being a leader is more about responsibility than it is about position. Anyone can be a leader, even if they do not have a title or position. Being a leader is about about “Owning it”. Every leader has to start somewhere. If you want to be a leader and take on a role of responsiblity, begin at home; begin with yourself. If you fail, admit it. If you do not know the answer, say “I do not know”. If you have sinned say outloud, “I sinned.” God can only forgive us when we admit our sin, ask for His forgiveness and stop repeating the offense. The first step is admitting we were wrong.
Here’s a news flash for all you young adults out there. No matter how much you know, you do not know as much as you think you know. I heard a quote once that said, “When I was 16 I thought my father was an idiot. When I turned 21 I was astonished by how much he had learned in only 5 years”. The older you get, the more life you experience you realize in the vast realm of the universe, you simple do not know much. Even if you study, learn, earn degrees, etc. you may know more than you once knew but you also realize there is so much more to learn.
Stop making excuses. Stop trying to impress everyone by how “mature” you are, how wise you are or how much you know. Own who and what you are right now and give God the opportunity (permission) to work on you. He’s the one who causes expotential change and growth in our life.