Do you ever wonder what your personal responsibilities are? I mean, most people understand that they must work, take care of their children, nuture their personal relationships, and pay their bills; what else is there? Being a responsible person is a way of life; are you required to take care of others outside the close personal limits of your immediate family? Who and what are you responsible for? Are there limits to your responsibilty legally, physically, spiritually, emotionally or morally?
Have you ever heard the saying, “Are you your brother’s keeper”? Human beings are complex creatures. We have layers of self, one upon the other…each with their own wants and needs. For those who are spiritual seekers of truth; there are teachings which encourage us to reach beyond the demands of our own personal flesh-n- blood, wants and needs. My road map is the Bible. Everything i need to know to be a successful and fulfilled person is included in that instruction manual.
God wants us to follow his leading; we are to grow and learn how to praise him and serve others. This is not always convienent in today’s society, according to the world’s values. That attitude of becoming a servant requires a bit of sacrifice on our part. Many people run from their own responsibilities and refuse to accept that they have a moral responsibility to reach out to others. And there are others who do not consider themselves spiritual beings who still manage to be service minded…realizing that there is value to connecting with and recognizing need in others.
Understand, I am not talking about enabling others to continue to be irresponsible…but instead, teaching and inspiring others to take up the challenge of meeting their own obligations when they are able. To do that, they must be inspired, they must have knowledge, skills, opportunities and funding…once that happens, they too can become a servant to pass it on to others.
Responsibility is something that we must strive for. When everything is going smoothly…it is because we have acknowledged our responsibilities and have submitted ourselves to the service of God.
God says that we are to take care of the widows and the children; we are to befriend the poor. When we see suffering in the world and we have the ability, the skill, the opportunity to help ,then we must consider it a priviledge and a responsibility to do so. What are you willing to do for those around you? Do you know someone who has a need? Can you listen when someone needs to talk, can you spend time with someone who is lonely, are you capable of performing a chore that someone else cant do and needs done?
There are so many ways to be of service to another fellow human being…it is simply a matter of being aware and observing those around you and being willing to be helpful. People in need are all around us…it will change your life to see the world through the eye and heart of a servant of God.