We’ve all been in situations where we hope no one notices how we dropped the ball or failed other people. Here’s a story about losing a game and making things worse in the post-game interviews. Responsibility is much easier to swallow when we take it upfront, rather than when it’s pinned on us later by others
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16 (ESV)
“Then the sailors said to each other, ‘Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.’ They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, ‘Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us?’ … ‘Pick me up and throw me into the sea,’ he replied, ‘and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.’” Jonah 1:7-12 (NIV)
Jonah, the dude who jumped on a ship to escape God’s assignment and ended up in a fish, finally figured out he could not avoid responsibility. Has it been good or bad for your character to slip into the shadows or distract people from noticing your mistakes and failings? Has it been good or bad when you hid from responsibility? Taking responsibility and blame up front works out way better than hiding or waiting. Getting accused by others, losing trust, and damaging relationships isn’t worth the temporary relief that comes from deflecting blame.
Are you willing to improve? Grab the responsibility and apologize immediately in the most important places – with your spouse, with your kids, with your teammates. Say What? “Hey, this is on me. This was my responsibility and I fell short. I apologize. Please forgive me.”
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