Accept Responsibility

27 Feb

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”  ~ Brian Tracy

Happiness.  It is something that we all long to possess.  The vast majority of people state that they want to be happy more than they want anything else.  That is not a bad thing to desire at all.

Unfortunately, many people do not know the true path to happiness.  There are those who say that, in order to be happy, they need riches.  Others need power.  Others need attention.  Still others need gratification.  The list is vast and varied.  There are a myriad “definitions” of happiness.

Yet, in the final analysis, humans can only be happy when they accept responsibility for themselves, indeed, for every part of their lives.  No one and nothing can guarantee happiness to us if we are a mess internally.  It is only when we are settled within ourselves that happiness will be able to take root.  It does not take root in a restless spirit but only in one that is firmly planted.  And the best way for us to be firmly planted is to be rooted in the Lord.

The Lord did not give us great responsibility in order to frustrate us or make us feel as if life is impossible.  Instead, the Lord gave us great responsibility because He knew that is what the soul craves.  Our inner selves want to do the Lord’s will.  Deep within, we want to be responsible to ourselves, to one another, and, therefore, to God.

Some people think that happiness is equated to being carefree.  They do not understand that happiness means shouldering our burdens and living with the responsibility that God has asked us to undertake.  A life well lived, God’s will embraced, that is what will bring us true happiness.

Accept the responsibility that God gives to you today and know what it means to be truly happy.

FAITH ACTION: Ask God to give you the grace and strength to take responsibility for your faith life so that you may be a stellar witness of the Lord to the world.