Monday, October 19, 2009

Rights versus responsibilities

So, I think God is trying to tell me something. I mean, I'd have to be really thick to not realise that by now, as I've done the same dumb, stupid, irresponsible thing twice now, with some serious consequences. Serious for me, perhaps not so serious for others.
And I'm slowly finding out that trusting anyone and everyone is a terrible idea, and as much as people are funny, or exciting to hang around, they are not trustworthy people.
Who'da thought huh?

It really sucks though, because I try to be trustworthy, and I don't understand why others don't at least try.
I mean, I have failed plenty of times and quite spectacularly too, but I like to think that I try.

Anyways, I am beginning to realise that my rights decrease as my responsibilities increase, and I'm finding that I'm ok with that. It was just the realising that's tough. Like Paul says in Corinthians, be careful that the exercise of your freedom isn't a stumbling block to others. I may have the freedom to do all things, but if I want to be true to my calling, I must remember 'others first'. I could always throw the towel in, but it's worth so much more than that!

1 comment:

  1. Many times I have wondered if others would react differently to a situation, if they would be mean, see how they can gain from a situation or would they empathise with others, and ensure that what ever happened does not become a lifelong problem.

    Like you I have been disappointed in people, but so many times I have also been inspired and have had my heart fill with joy.

    What I have learnt is that we are not here to work out why others do what they do, but how we can become better ourselves. Trusting others is not the problem. Trusting others instead of yourself is.

    Listen, very hard. Every time you meet someone, there will be a voice. A voice telling you how much to tell this person. It's not that they are bad, it's just that they haven't realised why they are here on the earth. They are still fighting with everyone else, thinking that it makes them better. It is not others that you have to think of first, but yourself. However, this is not as selfish as it seems. Each and every person you meet has something for you to learn. If you are caught up with yourself, you won't see this, and will hurt them (as others have hurt you). You don't necessarily have to remember others first, but allow others to have an impact on your life, positive and negative.

    The people, the ones who have hurt you so badly, are there to help you. They have been placed in your life for a reason. Maybe it's to hone your instincts, maybe it's to help you recognise human flaws. It will become obvious soon enough. The knowledge you have gained from these people will allow you to help someone else, but it may not be for another decade or so.

    Thanks for letting me hijack your post.


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