Devotionals, Faith

When we drop the ball on taking responsibility

At the very moment God finished creating the earth he gave a command to Adam to rule the earth and be a good steward of it. Adam became the first leader in the human history. Now, as we all know He kinda dropped the ball on taking responsibility for what has been given to him.

Before we rush to judgment though let’s try and put ourselves in Adam’s shoes. Would we have done things differently? Maybe. Would we have stepped up to the plate and stopped Eve from taking a bit? Maybe. I have a small inkling though that we would’ve done something similar. Making a mistake is just half of what happened in the garden. The other part of this whole story, which I believe saddened God’s heart more than anything is that Adam tried to hide this sin and when questioned He put the blame on someone else, Eve. And Eve put the blame on the serpent. You see where this is going? We as humans are not very big on taking responsibility! In fact, many times when things don’t go according to plan or me we make a mistake we look for things and people to blame. I believe that spiritual leadership is much simpler than we make it to be. It’s the simple willingness to take responsibility.

True leadership starts with the courageous act of stepping up and taking ownership of our lives. The willingness to take responsibility! Let’s start there today.

Today’s prayer: Father, I know that my tendency in certain circumstances and situations has been to shrink back from taking responsibility for my own life. It stops today. Give me the courage and integrity to be able to step up to my responsibilities and become the kind of leader you want me to be. Amen.

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  1. Kim

    January 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    This is so true! Our human tendencies go waayyyyy back to the first human EVER. How crazy is that when you think about it?! It kind of makes me not feel so bad when I do actually do this, but also helps me realize where I do this and that a change needs to happen. Thanks for this insightful post!

    1. csmuscan

      January 28, 2018 at 1:15 am

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Kim! I’m so glad to hear this was insightful to you 🙂

  2. Christine Wildman

    January 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    we were just talking about responsibility as a Christian lady night in group.
    it is the way to step up, and be different!
    thank you!

    1. csmuscan

      January 28, 2018 at 1:16 am

      Yes, I completely agree! Nothing makes you more different than actually stepping up and taking responsibility 🙂

  3. Amy

    January 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Very true! Thanks for a truthful reminder!

    1. csmuscan

      January 28, 2018 at 1:16 am

      I’m glad it was encouraging to you, Amy!

  4. Kristin Cook

    January 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Yes! I am so prone to blaming others or just not taking responsibility for my own life. I hate dropping the ball. And while I do try to apologize when needed, I still could do sooooo much better at laying down my pride and taking responsibility. Such a good prayer!

    1. csmuscan

      January 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

      I am totally with you, Kristin. It is a pride issue and sometimes is just hard to lay it down. We are human 😉

  5. Isabel Freitas

    January 23, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I never viewed this story from this point of view. I mean, I never realized the mistake of eating the apple was only half of what happened. I never realized shifting the blame was maybe even worse than making the mistake itself. We’re all sinners and we do make mistakes, but if we come to God and repent He will forgive us and we’ll be free. Thanks for sharing this amazing devo!

  6. iz

    January 24, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Very much agree with this.. I have a tendency to blame others when things go wrong in my life. Thanks for calling this truth out!

  7. Lureta

    January 25, 2018 at 6:18 am

    I think it is not just admirable to be accountable but it is also an act of integrity. It shows our heart to be Christ like and to be obedient.

  8. Judith Okech

    January 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Acknowledging that yes, I was wrong, I am the one who made all the plans backfire! Not very easy words from our mouths. Little do we know that the problem bulges out even more; becomes something so humongous; all because of one me! It’s a grace that most people really need to seek from the Lord. I like the ‘it stops today’ phrase in your prayer. It can actually accompany every repentance prayer. Beautiful heads-up.

  9. Alice Mills

    January 26, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Anyone in leadership knows that humility has to be a part of the job. It is the only way to create a culture of honor and trust.

  10. Nina

    January 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    This is a definitely a humbling prayer and one we should reflect on often..thanks for sharing!

  11. Julie Plagens

    January 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Ahh, blame shifting. My got to tactic when I can’t seem to own up to my part. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. Tara Adams

    January 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I don’t think we would have done differently but it’s easier to believe so because we weren’t in the shoes. I agree, it’s important to take responsibility and not make excuses or blame anyone else. Especially as leaders, when others drop the ball, we have to step up.

  13. Erica Elaine Harris

    January 28, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I also believe that being able to take responsibility is a part of spiritual maturity because it is evidence of humility.

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