Being responsible means a task was accepted and followed through on

The Integrity of the Incredible Family

Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 4:11-16

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 4:15

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

Let’s take note of the Apostle Paul’s words in our printed key verse for today: “Be diligent in these matters…”  We call that “being responsible” in today’s vernacular.  Being responsible goes to the heart of our integrity.  Being responsible means a task was accepted and followed through on.  Being responsible allows others to relax around you because they know they can trust you.

            I think all parents want their kids to grow up being responsible adults.  The key question is, “Where does that trait come from?”  In my opinion, it first must be modeled in the home.  Parents, are you showing your family what it means to be responsible in your life?  Do you follow through on your word?  When you see the right things to do, do you do it?  Are you careful what you promise and the tasks that you accept so you can be responsible?

            Not only must responsibility be modeled, it must be enforced.  Do you allow your children to act irresponsibly?  If they get themselves into a task or job, do you make sure they follow through and do it?  Allowing them to bail on accepted responsibilities teaches irresponsible behavior.  We see those negative traits follow them into adulthood.  When we are too easy on our kids, they will be too easy on themselves in life.

Father, remind me when I start to act irresponsibly.  Help me to be a faithful servant and always work as unto you!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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