Main Text: Matthew 25:4 – But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Matthew 25:25 – And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Sally managed a small marketing company and when problems ensued, she automatically looked for a scape-goat. At sales meeting, she berated and criticized her co-workers. Her associates began to resign in their numbers and when company revenues declined, sally blamed it on the slow economy, inefficient staff and working condition.

Finally, her boss had enough and fired her. Blame shifting is how Sally survived. Blaming others undermines your ability to take responsibility for your own life. Instead of becoming stronger, you become weaker. Some may think that admitting to being part of the problem means that they’ve failed in some way but in reality it is a step towards success.

When you take responsibility, you stop blaming others. You develop compassion. Taking responsibility is taking charge of your life. It increases our chances of growth spiritually and emotionally. One of the pitfalls of not taking responsibility is that it reduces the chances of progress and this can lead to self pity and depression.

In taking responsibility, you discover your strengths and weaknesses. It  will enable to become battle ready in the emergence of any trouble because you know where it is coming from. 


Prayer: Heavenly father, give me the power to always take responsibility. Amen

BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: mylivingwaterdevotional@gmail.com.