40 Days to Lasting Change Day 22
The Usual Suspects
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:3–5
There’s a difference between being honest about our pain and being honest about our responsibility. As long as we continue to say, “It’s not my fault,” and blame our parents, God, spouses, bosses, exes, friends, or anything else, true AHA won’t happen. We can’t change our past, but when we’re willing to take responsibility and come to God honestly in AHA, He can change our future. (Idleman, Kyle. 40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge (pp. 146-148). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.)
Today I’m reminded again how important it is to take responsibility for my part of anyone of my problems. “How did I get here?” or “Why am I feeling ______?’ It’s important to deal with responsibility because that is the point where you and I come into agreement with heaven, here or hell. Where there is agreement there is the authority. Why am I where I am, feeling what I’m feeling, and thinking what I’m thinking? The answer to those questions is where we find the aha moment. Sure, we may have been treated badly and handled wrongly but I am where I am because of the decisions I have made. So, what can I do about my situation? Better yet, what can God and I do with this situation? We ask the hard questions because we want the real answer.