You can choose to wear it.
You can choose not to wear it.
But if you choose not to wear it, or decide to remove it after realizing that responsibility actually takes some personal sacrifice, please don’t complain that things aren’t getting done, or that needs aren’t being met. Admit that you don’t want to wear it. Or bear it.
Know that your actions, the actions of even just one person, are relevant and powerful and can indeed contribute and lead to change. Don’t follow a crowd who expects others to move mountains. Accept and walk in a manner which reveals to the world that you believe in your heart that God is present, that you know in your head that He is working, and that He has equipped you to join Him. Your actions do matter. Your actions do count. Your actions affect other people. Your personal actions do indeed affect other people.
Make a decision.
Either wear it.
Or don’t wear it.
The responsibility of making the initial decision to wear the bracelet is yours, and yours alone, to make. Come on. You know how to dress yourself . . . choose your own jewelry. You don’t need Clinton and Stacey to help you decide on this accessory. If you choose to remove it, and you can, as you do have free will, please don’t make the excuse that someone else made you to do so.
Let’s stop making excuses as to why we don’t take responsibility.
Let’s own our personal decisions.
Let’s accept and admit our personal responsibility.
Warning. I didn’t say doing so was easy.
Taking responsibility for our words and actions has become blurry. Being “others focused” has turned into a blame game for our own missteps. Whereas shouldn’t being “others focused” actually mean loving and serving others and putting the needs of others before our own?
Let’s put the blame game away and choose another activity.
And before you get all up in a tizzy, know that I am speaking to myself just as much as I am to you. Whoever you may be.
Responsibility is hard. Sacrifice is uncomfortable. Confronting our true thoughts, words, and actions (or non-actions) can be embarrassing.
And yet ultimately, we don’t ask other people to wear our accessories for us, right? So get dressed.
Wear your own responsibility.
Wow! That looks great on you!
Matthew 5:33 “But let your statement be, “yes, yes’ or “no, no’ and anything beyond these is of evil.”