Taking Responsibility

(From Let the rest of your life be the best of your life)

By Gedale Fenster

Since the inception of humankind, man has had difficulty with taking responsibility for his actions.

We can see this clearly in Genesis, when Eve blamed the serpent for enticing her to eat from the tree of knowledge. After Adam sinned, he hid from God, and later blamed Eve for being the cause of his actions. After Cain killed his brother, God inquired about Abel’s whereabouts, to which Cain responded, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”. In each of these scenarios, Adam, Eve, and Cain, did not accept their own culpability for their actions.

As humans, we are imperfect. Our purpose is to learn and grow from our mistakes, not hide from them. The intention for confronting obstacles is to develop and strengthen our relationship with God. We must take every experience from our past, learn from it, and utilize that knowledge to attain success in the future. By admitting to our faults, we will discover that we are both the problem, and the solution. With this mindset we will ask the questions of “How can I change? How can I expand my perception? How can I evolve from this situation?”. By tackling our struggles with this mindset, anything becomes possible.

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