In her soon-to-be-released ebook, (more info about it at the end of this post) Sundi Jo says
“We have to stop letting others control us. We have to take back our minds.”
But we all have those moments.Moments when we feel like life is moving in the opposite direction of where we want it to go and the steering wheel is broken.
Seasons where we feel stripped of all ability to choose.
Starting afresh in America, I’ve had many of those. In hindsight, I realize that these sweeping feelings come when I excuse myself and decide I have no power over my circumstances.
Truth is, no matter what happens to you, you still have the power to choose. That ability cannot be taken away from you.
You just need to recognize and accept that you are responsible for your life.
Some time back, I came across two sassy children. The kind of words they threw at left me mortified. The worst part was that they were in the company of two adults! At one point it looked as though one of the adults, a man, was telling the kids what to say.
Own Your Choices
Like the two kids, we sometimes have no control over our formative environment. We simply grow up drawing from our surroundings, whether bad or good.
That’s all the ‘truth’ we know. In fact it’s a shock to see the rest of the world behaving differently from us.
People are not always responsible for how they start out. We live in a crazy broken world.
But we are always responsible for what we do with with what happens to us.
A time comes when we must stop playing victim and take responsibility for our actions and choices.
To make positive choices, you can watch out for these three areas;
Ignoring something does not make it go away.
I am not a natural procrastinator but I know how to ignore things that I do not particularly like or enjoy. I can grow cold and unresponsive.
But the truth is that not choosing is itself, a choice.
You either make your choice or choices are made for you.
We all have silent fears and struggles. Those things that we don’t like talking about or even thinking about.
Being courageous does not mean being unafraid.
It just means doing things afraid – refusing to allow fear to paralyze you and strip you of your God-given ability to have a thriving intentional life.
Taking personal responsibility requires you to develop a strong mind that does not see failure as the end of the journey.
You seeks ways to get up, not excuses to stay down. A winner is just is someone who never quits, not someone who never falls.
Question – Have you taken responsibility for your own life? How else can we take charge?