The Responsibility is Yours

Abraham Lincoln said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

The "blame game" goes back to the beginning. God told Adam and Eve when He placed them in the Garden that they could have it all, except they were not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden.

However, they ate the fruit of that tree and in the evening, as God walked in the Garden, He called for Adam and Adam responded, "Over here, Lord." Then God asked the question, "Adam, did you eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden?" God already knew the answer but He wanted Adam to respond. Adam, however, did the "manly thing" and replied, "Lord, let me tell you about that woman you gave me!" and that's where the ball started its long, unending roll. God then asked Eve if she had eaten the fruit, and Eve passed the ball along and said, "Lord, let me tell you about that snake!" And, of course, the snake didn't have a leg to stand on!

Theologically speaking, I know I'm in error when I make that statement. However, I am not in error when I say each one of us must recognize that it is not "his fault, her fault or their fault" - it is our responsibility.

To solve the problem, we need to go back to the beginning and, starting in the family, teach our children responsibility. Next, we should pass the baton to the teachers in the schools and insist they continue to teach responsible behavior. Then when our young people have learned their lessons well, they will practice responsibility in their personal lives and the work place as well. When this happens, the responsibility crisis will end and we'll have a better society as a result. Do your part and when you do, I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous life-changing programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.