29And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 30And, behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. 31And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. 32And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? 33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 34So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
So this was in my devotional reading for today from militarybiblechallenge.com. The devotion questions started with: “In the time of Jesus, blindness almost always doomed the blind person to a life of begging. What did the blind men do when they heard that Jesus was coming?” The answer is: they cried out more. But then I went further with the thought. They had been beggars for a while…more than likely. They knew the life of the beggar – dirty, dependent, hungry, thirsty, empty. But they still wanted their sight back even though they knew it would mean no longer begging for food, but having to work to earn a living.
And then I thought about a few people I know who would have wanted to stay blind because they are lazy and they like for others to feel sorry for them because they feel sorry for themselves.
And then I thought about myself and whether I have a similar mindset. Do I want to accept responsibility for my life and for the choices I have made? Or do I make excuses?
In Jack Canfield’s best-selling book, The Success Principles, he encourages the reader to take 100% responsibility for our lives. I saw this in a video series he put out as well. A lady said her house had been robbed and she didn’t see how that was her fault or how she should accept responsibility. He asked if she had an alarm? No. Did she have multiple locks on the doors? No. Did they leave indicators that they were out of town? Someone got their mail. Did they have a guard dog or warning signs posted to dissuade would be robbers? No. She didn’t get it. Maybe you can’t control whether someone makes a decision to rob your place, but if you did have an alarm, signs posted, a guard dog, and a house sitter while you were away then this would provide significant deterrent from being robbed. And that was his point – what did she do to prevent this from happening? The obvious answer was: not enough.
But we aren’t talking about being robbed. We are talking about provisions, careers, jobs, housing, health insurance, etc… We need to stop complaining about things not being the way we want them and instead, start creating the way we want things. Let go of what you cannot control (and I know the whole line of reasoning that says nothing is in our control) but you can control how you chose to respond to the event, stimuli, others, etc… to lead to the outcome you desire.
If your spouse is yelling at you then pause and think, “how do I want this argument to end?” Once you know that then…what needs to be your responses in order to get that outcome?
Or how about this, you are stuck in a dead end job – no promotion potential, low pay, an angry boss and annoying coworkers. Poor you. Get over yourself and get motivated. If you do not like how your boss reacts to his employees all the time then what can you do to avoid him or to get the outcome you desire? What is he asking you to do? Is it unreasonable? Can you meet his demands with some modifications? Are you having to compromise your integrity or moral values to do your work? Make the changes. Some of them might be difficult but they are certainly not impossible. As you cast excuse after excuse at this post remember that you are not trying to convince me that you are stuck, you are convincing yourself that you are stuck so that you do not have to act and take 100% responsibility for what is happening to you. Change your responses to get the outcome you desire. Take responsibility as the blind men did when Jesus was passing by. They refused to listen to the people they knew who encouraged them to be quiet. Instead they yelled out for what they desired – attention from the Master.
Are you yelling out to God? Are you laying your desires at His feet and telling the Lord of Lords what you desire to see if it is His will to do it? I leave you with this nugget from Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit your works unto the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established.”