Things are getting much quieter here at The River. It’s time to review and tweak all that needs to be tweaked for Fall Kick-off, so though it’s quiet there are lots going on. It’s been a really beautiful day, a fine day to think and write. As I mused what to share, the thought of “Taking Responsibility” came to mind, as it captures what we need to do as individuals if we want to truly advance and see success. This is the mantra for this upcoming season at The River, persons who take responsibility to learn, grow, contribute and achieve together. Let’s muse together.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn
We have to be more clever with our lives, we have to take hold of and seize opportunities, take responsibility of where we are, what needs to be done, and how it is to be done, then execute a plan. This plan will be most effective through worship, prayer and as we submit it to God.
Taking responsibility and seizing opportunities must be born out of God because we are never tempted by an evil path, but always by a seemingly good one. Being responsible means we discern and seek God ideas over good ideas, those are the opportunities we seize.
God ideas and plans always lead to His goodness where He is at the center of it all. On the other hand, good ideas don’t always lead us to God or His perfect will for us. The sad reality is, too many times when the good idea turns bad we deflect to the blame game without realizing the devastating effects. To deflect to the blame game is to not take responsibility, and in effect deny yourself the opportunities to grow and advance beyond current limitations.
Living the blame game is technically living at someone else’s plans and control of and for you… and usually what you can’t afford. To live this way is to live with something else controlling or dictating how you live. This can cost you your destiny, life, and everything.
1 Sam. 15:13-19
When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?” Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.” “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied. Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord.”
Saul shifted blame, he never took responsibility and he ultimately disobeyed God’s instructions. His inability to take responsibility caused him to deceive himself and provided excuses rather than repentance. Seizing opportunities may include repentance, taking a risk, but certainly, it involves freedom that is born out of trusting God and finding His love, mercies, and grace.
Here’s the truth, you can’t afford not trusting God … it will make you POOR, that is Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly. You can’t afford to not believe God; He has your best interest at heart… besides, all things become possible when you believe. Here’s the next thing, you can’t afford to be lazy by looking for shortcuts or an easy way… poverty will overtake you and that will cost you everything.
Proverbs 21:5 says “good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
Let’s seize the day, knowing life is short so we need to make the most of it, by taking control of our lives, our destiny, our mission at hand, our sphere as we submit to God’s plan. In other words let us pursue His pursuits, and follow intentionally His plans.
May God breathe upon all your plans and give you amazing SUCCESS in Jesus name.
Have a great Week!
To view my Psalm worship video for the week…CLICK HERE. It’s from Psalm 91…I hope you enjoy it. I believe it is really cool.
My prayer psalm for you to pray this week Psalm 145:1-16
I will exalt you, my God the King; will praise your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty — and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works — and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.