Pastor Norma's Journal of Wisdom

Responsibility and Discipline

Thoughts on responsibility…

Being responsible is a prerequisite for maturity. Being responsible means that I’m a person of my word; I will do what I say I will do. It means that I become accountable for my actions. It is proof that you are honest and trustworthy. It means you will follow through until the job is done. It is accepting ownership of my behavior, not blaming others for my mistakes or actions. It means walking in integrity and honesty. It means accepting a job or task with the mind-set that I can be relied upon to do the job well and finish it. It shows that I am dependable and people can count on me.

No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.

— anonymous

The importance of accepting responsibility…

By being responsible I show that I can be trusted. If I show that I can be trusted in small areas then I will be promoted to bigger things. If I prove that I am reliable I will be given tasks that require greater attention to detail. By accepting responsibility I become accountable for my actions. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done and get done as expected. Being responsible shows the other person that I am mature enough to take on a task and be accountable for it. Accepting responsibility has a profound effect on others in my life—parents, teachers, friends, bosses, etc. With each step of maturity comes greater responsibility. Taking responsibility for a task or area of my life proves that I am mature enough to handle it. Whether it’s beginning to drive a car, furthering my education, being employed, etc., it doesn’t matter which, but what matters is if you’re ready to accept all the responsibility of taking it on. When I get in a car to drive I need to realize I’m responsible for every passenger, responsible for my performance which will affect other cars on the road, pedestrians, the condition of my vehicle, etc. No matter how seemingly insignificant a job may seem, my performance affects every aspect of the operation.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

— Winston Churchill

On discipline and self-control…

Responsibility requires discipline and self-control. When I accept responsibility for something I am not always in the mood to do it.

I don’t always feel like doing it. Sometimes I just want to good off and say to heck with it. That’s when I must use self-control and do it anyway, showing I am responsible. If I don’t practice self discipline then I will surely face discipline from someone else. If I am irresponsible in driving, for instance, I will get a ticket, or a fine, or maybe even go to jail – facing the discipline of my irresponsibility. In my job performance I will face losing it if I don’t accept the responsibility of being on the job every day, and being on time, and being ready to do whatever is required of me for that day. And so on, I cannot be my own man if I am to be responsible. In all of life’s arenas I have to answer to someone for my actions. The discipline and self-control in my life make me see how my actions will affect others, and I will keep on track and do my job and do it well; taking full responsibility for my actions.

Discipline without freedom is tyranny.
Freedom without discipline is chaos.

— Cullen Hightower

Discipline and self-determination…

Determination is accepting responsibility and doing whatever it takes to fulfill that responsibility. And that takes discipline! There are days when you just don’t feel like doing it. Days when you don’t want to do it. But your determination must override your thoughts and emotions. Athletes are focused on one goal— to get the gold. They go through much hardship and suffering to reach that goal. At times they want to quit because the rigorous schedule of training interferes with everything else. They couldn’t get up every single day at the crack of dawn to train without disciplining their mind and body to cooperate with the demands of it. Then their determination to reach their goal is the factor that keeps them going for it. Whatever we undertake in our lives requires being responsible. And in order to fulfill our task, we must discipline ourselves to “be there” no matter what. Determination is to set your will to follow through to the end, no matter what happens. When I was 16 I determined that I was going to live my life for Christ. The discipline that has taken is tremendous. I fell many times and felt like quitting or just giving up. But I had to “get in gear” and discipline my mind, will and emotions to do no matter what. I was and am determined that that’s what I want more than anything. Nothing can deter me from it. Do I always feel like doing what it takes? No, I bring every thought that would try to distract me into captivity to my will and keep pressing on in the responsibility required to meet my goal.

Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.

— Henry Ward Beecher


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