One of the greatest qualities of leadership is “liability”. Unfortunately, not all leaders have it; there is a dearth of true leaders. The bible gives detailed examples of leaders who failed to be liable for their actions. Instead, they shifted the blame to others. We would be looking at two out of many; Adam(the first man) and King Saul.
Immediately Adam and Eve ate of the fruit God instructed them to abstain from, their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked. They knew they have done something wrong, therefore, they hid from the Lord among the trees. When it was time for God to commune with man, he didn’t see him as usual. So he called, “where are you?” then Adam replied,
“I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Adam, the head, failed to take responsibility for flouting God’s command. He passed the blame to God (“It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”). Subsequently, God asked Eve , “what have you done?” Eve replied, “The serpent deceived me, that’s why I ate it.” She passed the blame to the serpent. Thereafter, God declared his judgment. Supposing Adam and Eve remorsefully asked for forgiveness, perhaps, God would have forgiven them. But no, both felt they were right. This is to show you that the absence of liability didn’t start today. It was present in the first man.
King Saul is one king that totally lacked liability. Often times, when he violates God’s command, he will quickly shift the blame to his subjects (1 Samuel 13; 1 Samuel 15).This cost him his throne.
Lesson 1: When we fail to take responsibility, we lose something valuable.
The lack of liability is an epidemic; it is one of the problems that is prevalent in our society. Citizens don’t want to take action, they point fingers at the government, and vice versa. You ask an armed robber why he stole, and he would say that he was lured into it; ask a man why he divorced his wife, he would say it’s his wife’s fault; ask a child why he/she failed the semester, and the reply would be, “my teacher failed me.” not “i didn’t study”. Nobody, from the least to the greatest, wants to be liable. If we ever want to reach our maximum potential, liability must be a keyword
Lesson 2: Don’t walk through life blaming people for your dysfunction. You are responsible for your happiness.
Lesson 3: When we fail to be liable, we significantly diminish our power to alter our circumstances.
Remember this: Nobody will take you to where you ought to be, except you, as everyone is busy with their lives. You are the one in the driver’s seat of your car(life) holding the steering wheel. If you steer to a wrong direction, accept responsibility and make a U-turn. Don’t make any excuses. Take into account that lack of liability is the trait of an unsuccessful life.