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Thomas O’buck’s first video deals with the willing heart. The whole video is presented from a biblical perspective; however, it is more definitive and applicable than it is doctrinal. Everything we do in life is determined by how willing we are to do the things we do. We may make excuses to excuse ourselves from responsibility, but basically we are just not willing to do what is necessary from time to time. This willing heart is the basis for a great many of the teachings I have delivered over 30 years of my life. It has taken me that long to recognize what I was doing.
Without having watched the video but having read the posts, I'll say that any action I take I should own. I should own both the act itself and the consequences of said act. I made the action of my own will.
There are plenty of people who like to foist responsibility off on someone of something else. "I had no choice!" is a common and popular phrase, but you always do have a choice. The reality is that you weren't willing to contemplate the alternative to your action. Either the alternative consequence was truly unthinkable or you just didn't take the time to think it through or you aren't willing to own what happened as a result of your action.
I'll give an example:
I was watching Helix last night. One character put another character in a choice dilemma. In one room is his daughter and in the other room is his adopted son. Both have bombs on them. The first character attempts to force the character to choose which he will save, promising he will let the other go free. The first character no seems to have two choices: daughter or adopted son. He opts for third. He does not choose, saying he can't. The first character ups the ante by turning on a timer for 30 secs. Now the choices are to choose one or the other or lose both in 30 secs. Btw, both the son and the daughter can see and hear what is happening the whole time. Still, he refuses to choose. At this point, the son chooses for him. Telling him that he loves him and tries to remove the collar, triggering the bomb.
Even no choice was a choice, and the character made it freely. He could have chosen either the son or daughter, and fallen back on "I had no choice." However, he did have a choice - no choice.
I guess my point with this is that people are often quick to plunge ahead on one course of action. Then, they decide they don't like the results and blame something else in an attempt to disown their own responsibility for the results even though they were fully willing at the time.
Like Sophie's Choice, but in her choice or no choice to act, either way her children were doomed. But different situations dictate different choices.
I teach a very unpopular topic. I teach responsibility and accountability to Christian leaders who are quite willing to tell others what to do while, at the same time, they are unwilling to do the things they require of others.