I went to the kitchen in my office to wash the dirty mugs I had earlier used to drink tea. As I washed, one of them fell from my hands and hit the sink hard. With that, the handle broke off. Feeling a sting of disappointment for a minute, I knew it was my responsibility to take care of. So, I threw it away. That was being responsible enough. C’mon, it was just a mug.
But oh no, it wasn’t just a mug when we were much younger. You break anything in your house as a child and you’d hear the story of your life. You hear how breaking that cup relates to you not doing well in music. “Why are you so careless? You are just too playful!” It was the adult’s (mostly our parents) responsibility to fix our mistakes when we were much younger (I guess that’s why they never saw anything as a mistake but as being careless).
Spiritually speaking, there’s also the concept of growth. We are supposed to grow from “spiritual babes” into maturity (1 Peter 2:2). As a baby, you can be carried on the faith of spiritual adults; they can take responsibility for you. But that’s only for a while. As time goes on, we would need to grow up and stand by ourselves. We would have to take responsibility for almost everything, whether mistakes or prayers.
Let’s strive for mastery/maturity today.
Food for thought:
Heb 6:4-6 “4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
We need to grow up so that we can also be responsible for others.