Take Personal Responsibility

“Many people spend more time planning their vacations than planning their lives.”
-Tommy Newberry

I’m sure many of us can relate to this saying, and it can be a good test to reveal what we value most. Maybe though, we spend more time planning vacations, or whatever other ventures we enjoy, because we just don’t know what life we want and how to go about finding out. On the other hand, maybe we do know the life we want but just haven’t made the necessary commitments to make that most important. Possibly, we have made the necessary commitments but may feel stagnant in our journey. Whatever the case may be, we all have the choice and ability to take personal responsibility for our lives.

When you truly want something, you will do whatever it takes to receive it. You may not know how to obtain it, but you will seek it with all your being until you find out. For example, contemplate on the process of a first time home buyer. The desire for a home comes from something of great value that they believe the home will give them. They are a novice at buying a home, but because of their dream of homeownership, they will do whatever it takes to make it happen. They talk to credible experts, research and read about it, look for just the right home that fits certain standards, save money, and spend thousands of dollars for it. Once received, they are a good steward of this possession by taking care of it in continuing to sacrifice time and money for the home to retain its worth.

If you sincerely want a meaningful life, then it is time to be motivated like that first time homebuyer. It is your responsibility to make the necessary sacrifices to live in such a way that has purpose. If you don’t know how, find out how. If you haven’t committed, commit now. If you’re stagnant, find a new area of growth. All of this will take focus and planning in such a way that you are willing to make sacrifices for something to be greatly cherished. Begin today by meditating on these words of Jesus to identify what should be most treasured to give you a life of intention and what attitude is necessary to inherit it:

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:44-46‬

My Glorious Lord, I choose today to take personal responsibility for my life. In committing to this, I will seek the greatest treasure of all which is the kingdom of heaven. I understand that to do this I will need to devote my life in such a way that is determined to sacrifice all. I will diligently seek guidance to gain wisdom through Your word, prayer, and from the faithful who live and speak Your truth. I will take what I learn and put it into action so that You will be honored and glorified as I do Your work. Forgive me for any time I have wasted not serving You. Thank You for giving me a life of purpose by the power of Your Spirit in the death and resurrection of Your Son. In Jesus, Amen.

Truth in love,

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