This is a Question We Should Be Asking Ourselves Continually Every Day
A young man who was working at his first job had made some mistakes. He was called into the boss’s office and demanded an explanation for the poor work and mistakes. The young man began making excuses and blaming other people.
Then the boss pointed out the window and said, “There it goes.” The young man turned to look, the boss said, “It’s a buck flying by.”
Have you ever seen a buck flying by? This is known as passing the buck.
When we are called to account for our mistakes, it’s tempting to “pass the buck”.
President Harry Truman used a well-known phrase, “The Buck Stops Here”. This means that I won’t blame other people for my situation. I will take responsibility for my actions.
We all need to take responsibility for our actions.
In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus tells His disciples a story about a manager for a rich man. The employee had been wasting the rich man’s money. The employee began passing the buck.
Jesus is preparing His disciples for when He is no longer around to watch over them. They will be responsible for sharing the message with the world accurately. He’s warning them that it will be easy to become weak and give in to worldly temptations.
He was telling them to not PASS THE BUCK.
Like the man in the Scripture who is called to account for his actions, we too will be called to account for our actions. If you were called to heaven today, how would your accounting look?
Have you been a wise manager of your life?
Ten years ago, when I fell and hit my head, I was unconscious in the hospital for three days. While recovering, I asked myself this question. This was a point in my life when I became more intentional about living my life the way God had designed it.
Too often people go through life without seeking or finding their purpose. They meander through life without even looking for their purpose. Or they come up with their own worldly vision for what they want and go for that.
God is the creator of our lives. He has given each of us a purpose. Our lives were designed by Him.
We are given the choice of how we live. God doesn’t force us to live the life He designed.
Imagine a highly skilled architect that designs amazing homes. Everyone wants this architect to design their home. People are willing to wait years to get this designer.
Then, when you finally get to that long-awaited meeting, you hand the architect your own amateur plan. The one you drew on a napkin. Then you ask this master architect to simply approve your design.
This is how most people approach life.
Without any regard to the blueprint God has given us…we ask God to approve our design.
We need to step back and ask ourselves, are we doing the designing or are we building the life that God has designed for us?
At some point we are going to have to answer this question to God.
It’s a whole lot better if we ask ourselves now rather than waiting. If we ask now, then we can start remodeling our lives if need be.