My car recently had to be inspected so I was blessed to be able to borrow a friend’s car while mine was getting serviced. I found out when someone else was in my driver’s seat, that the seat itself is broken. It’s misaligned. It’s tilted. I was so accustomed to it that it went unnoticed. I only could see it after it was pointed out to me, and because I was driving a car with a properly aligned seat for a week.
There are areas in our lives where we might not be properly aligned with Christ. We might not even realize it because we are so accustomed to the way things are or so blinded by what is going on around us. Misalignment can cause us to falter. Misalignment can cause us to misinterpret the Word. Misalignment can cause us to walk away from God altogether.
It is so important to have an accountability partner, someone strong in faith who is not afraid to tell you the truth—the Truth. That means someone who will not tell you what they think—but what the Bible says. It is important as well to have a good church, a good Bible preaching church, that will provide you the support, the teaching, the encouragement, and the accountability we all need. With a good church and a good accountability partner, you will know if you are misaligned. You will be told. You can then readjust yourself just like that car seat of mine needs some readjustment. When you are aligned properly, life is so much better. Amen.
“I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” – 3 John 1:4 [NLT]
When I reached back to the bag rack, I noticed that there was a bunch of crumbled bags that were placed inside the first bag on the rack. They must have fallen off the rack, come off with other bags, or posed a problem by being too difficult to open during bagging. As a result, rather than try to open each one and properly hang it on the rack, someone decided to just toss them all into another bag so they were out of sight and out of mind. That helped the person to deal with the situation, but the situation was not resolved. The bags still needed fixed and reattached.
Each bag had to be taken out of the bag, opened, and attached to the bag rack. It took a bit of time but it got done. While doing the not-so-thrilling task, I considered how we all do this at times. We push things off. We let things for other people. My kids do it in the kitchen. They make a small spill when pouring some milk or juice and it sits. They could easily clean it up with a rag and it would only take a few seconds. Instead they leave it and it becomes more difficult to clean when I notice it there. A spouse may leave the car nearly empty of gas so the other person has to drive to the gas station to fill it up. A co-worker might leave something for the next shift or for another co-worker simply because “they can do it.”
We live in a culture that has a problem accepting responsibility. I know I’m guilty of it and when I look around, I can tell that I am not the only one. We do not want to take responsibility. We do not want to be accountable. It is so much easier to push things off. Today, be accountable. Take responsibility. Remember that in any and everything you do, it can be an opportunity to give God the glory He deserves. Don’t just stash some crumbled bags away for the next person. Don’t leave your work area dirty for your co-worker. Don’t let the milk sit for the next person. Take initiative.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31 [NLT]