What does it mean to be responsible? Generally it means to be answerable or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management. It means that you are ‘able to respond’ to the actions you have committed and the situations that occur in your environment.
Responsibility implies that you have control or authority over your life by being accountable for your actions and decisions; because you have caused them. It defines that you are able to make rational decisions realizing that you are accountable for your own actions; e.g. being able to meet financial obligations and have good credit (dictionary.com).
Basically, itmeans that you keep your promise to yourself to maintain your integrity and respond proactively to people, events, occurrences, situations and circumstances. It also means that you take others into consideration before you act on anything! Being responsible is finding the right way to do something that benefits you AND others; not just yourself!
Are you responsible enough to understand and proact from the Spirit of God? Or do you take the weight of the world on your shoulders feeling responsible for it? We are just as much a part of our environment as our environment is a part of us. We don’t and can’t exist without it.
When we think, act and behave without regard for all life we are notbeing responsible; we are being self-centered, selfish and are operating from a mindset of lack and limitation. Our responsibilities are to God, ourselves and all of life. We affect our environment as our environment affects us.
Be that which contributes to the growth and expansion of all life. Be responsible for who you are, what you do, where you go, how you do things, when you do them and why you do them. Everything you think about, feel, believe, say, act upon and express in your behavior YOU are responsible for and accountable to your existence.
Dodging the bullet of responsibility demonstrates your selfishness, fear based thinking and ultimately, your own individual laziness. Accept that which you have co-created and be accountable for your actions. Be ‘response’ - ‘able’ and do what you need to do when you need to do it. It is always up to you to choose which way to proceed. Be bold, be honorable and be accepting of responsibility. Most of all, always act responsibly for everyone’s benefit! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)