I had a complaint about something in our church this past week, and it made me do a gut-check. I had to ask myself, “Is this a legitimate complaint? Have I done everything in my power to be the change I’m hoping to see? Or am I just full of crap?”
That is, am I just too lazy to do anything about the problem and hoping someone else will do something about it?
Every once in awhile, I believe that we need to ask ourselves,“Am I full of crap?” As a me-first, shift-the-blame kind of culture, we don’t do this enough. We need to learn how to take responsibility for more of our actions and circumstances, and the first step towards this kind of responsible living is dealing with our own double-mindedness.
The New Testament writer James railed against a similar kind of behavior — asking for one thing in in prayer, while doubting it would really happen. He said that it was like living as a wave being tossed back and forth. Jesus himself said to let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no. Some people call it “a lack of integrity.” I just called it being full of crap, and it is particularly prevalent in my generation.
I’m not trying to contentious for the sake of being contentious. We each face moments of truth in our lives where we have the opportunity to take responsibility for our lives or continue to make unproductive excuses.
It’s an honest question that deserves an honesty answer: Are you full of crap?
Is the problem really your job or the jerk down the hall? Is the fact that something still hasn’t gotten done due to a hectic schedule or “life”? Have you really avoided doing what God has told you to do, because it’s not yet time?
QUESTION: Or are you just full of crap? Think about it, and answer honestly. There’s a lot riding on how you decide to move forward with your life.
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