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During training exercises, a young lieutenant was driving his jeep down a muddy back road when he saw another jeep stuck helplessly in the mud, with a highly irritated colonel sitting behind the wheel.

Hoping to help his commanding officer, the lieutenant wheeled up to the colonel and asked, “Your jeep stuck, sir?”

“Nope,” replied the colonel, as he tossed his keys to the junior officer, “Yours is.”

Like the selfish colonel, we like to pass our problems on to other people (or at the very least, blame them for our problems). It’s easy to “get stuck” in life, and then attempt to dodge any responsibility we may have had in the issue.

We’ve been doing this since the dawn of our species. Adam did the same thing. Take a look at Genesis 3:6-12.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

It’s time we take responsibility for our actions, even if they’re regrettable ones.

Topics Illustrated Include:
Pulling Rank

(Resource cataloged by David R Smith)