These six claims about responsibility go against the grain of our wider culture. But how many of these claims do you agree with?
(I've excerpted them from Andy Stanley's small group video study, Taking Responsibility for Your Life.)
- Irresponsibility… is contagious. That's especially so when we see people getting away with being irresponsible, and even being rewarded for it.
- When people are taking responsibility seriously, lots of rules aren't needed. [This is true for a group of any size.]
- Irresponsibility isn't a solo thing; it always impacts whoever's connected to the person who's irresponsible. Irresponsibility is ultimately a community matter, a family matter, a corporate matter.
- Irresponsibility always creates conflict—not only interpersonal conflict, but conflict within us as we try to hide our guilt.
- We reap greater—the reaping [of what we sowed] will seem bigger than we could have imagined. For our irresponsibility, the reaping will seem worse than we think is fair.
- God designed us to be responsible. We know this intuitively. We're happiest when we're being responsible.
Want to see more of pastor Andy Stanley's teaching from Taking Responsbility? Watch Session 1: Let the Blames Begin.
- Adam Forrest, Zondervan
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