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Responsibility

Proverbs 19:3 KJV

[3] The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord .

It is futile to blame God for certain consequences of our actions and inactions instead of admitting our faults and learning from them. “When we reject personal responsibility, we also reject the truth about God…It is crucial to admit that negative views of God result directly from our reluctance to take responsibility for difficulties we and other humans create…To improve our view of God we must upgrade our willingness to take responsibility” (David Truman).

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Generational “Curses”

Deuteronomy 32:7 KJV

[7] Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

Looking at the past is not always a bad thing, especially if the purpose is to learn from it. For example, a recurring familial situation may be mistaken for a generational ‘curse’ , but may in reality be a pattern of mistakes of grandparents, parents etc which they may have unconsciously passed down one to the other, and can be resolved through commitment to breaking the cycle. “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” (George Santayana).

Learn from Others

Romans 15:4 KJV

[4] For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

There is no value in insisting on making one’s own mistakes. There are billions of people who have experienced life and it is better to avoid their mistakes than to repeat them because life is too short anyway. “From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own” (Publilius Syrus).

Hold your cardsw

Matthew 25:18,24 KJV

[18] But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

We must learn to make do with whatever gifts, talents etc. we have been blessed with. Nobody else can do a better job with what you were born with than you. Instead of comparing yourself with others, focus on what you have and do your best with them. “Life consists not in holding good cards, but in holding what you have well” (Josh Billings).

Mystery

John 13:7 KJV

[7] Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Sometimes we may not have a clear understanding of what may be happening in our lives, but that does not mean things will not work out well in the end. “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next” (Gilda Radner)

Perception is not Reality

Romans 12:2 KJV

[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As humans in this world, we define our reality by what we perceive. Unfortunately, our perception is limited to our personal past experiences and understanding of life. That is why it is necessary as a child of God to strive to see things as God sees, by renewing your mind regularly with the Word of God. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” (Anais Nin).

Changing moods

Proverbs 16:32 KJV

[32] He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

It is easy to blame experiences or others for our ever changing moods and emotions, but in reality we are the only ones in control of our emotions. If we leave every other thing outside ourselves to influence our emotions, it means giving up personal power to those things. “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them” (Kahlil Gibran).