6. God Is Proud of You When You Accept Responsibility
Patterns of behavior are like deep ruts in the road: we slip into them, and they dictate our path, forcing our wheels in a predetermined direction. Many of us establish our patterns based on what our parents did when we were younger. But as we grow older and begin our own lives, we alone are responsible for the choices we make.
Are you accepting responsibility for your actions? Have you recognized destructive behavior patterns and addressed them?
Paul writes,“But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load.” (Galatians 6:4-5)
When we take ownership of our actions, God can begin a work of healing and restoration that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. And you’d better believe He is proud.
Not all of us grew up with invested parents, but we should understand the expectation. When a child draws a picture, the parent clips it to the fridge so everyone can see it. When a child steps out in front of a school assembly with knocking knees and delivers a speech, the parent cheers and claps louder than everyone else.
If our earthly parents are proud of our accomplishments, is it so hard to believe that our heavenly Father smiles when we face our fears or surrender difficult decisions to Him?
Adulting is hard, but God sees the progress we make every day and is so proud of us!
Caroline Madison is a freelance editor and writer with a passion for the written word and a special interest in telling and reading stories that present biblical truths in fresh ways. Through prayer, God’s Word, counseling, and the love of fellow believers, she is finding new freedom every day on her own journey of healing from legalism.
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