Responsible people set good example for others

Last week, we started exploring five key virtues that could make a big difference in the moral landscape of our nation.

The first was trustworthiness, which is a desirable quality that every person can live out on their own. The second virtue is respect. To be respectful means to show high regard for the worth of someone or something.

First Peter 2:16 says, “Show proper respect to everyone.” Philippians 2:33 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.”

Respectful people live by the golden rule. They are tolerant and accepting of differences. They are considerate of the feelings of others. They deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements. Respectful people don’t diminish others. They value people.

Who do you know who shows honor, courtesy and respect for others? And how about you? Do you show high regard for people, even if they’re different from you?

The third virtue we can add to our list is responsibility. To be responsible is to be accountable to fulfill obligations. Responsible people do what they are supposed to do. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

Responsible people know how to plan ahead. They are diligent, and they persevere. They always do their best. They use self-control. They are self-disciplined. They think before they act. They understand what it means to be accountable for their words, actions and attitudes. They do their best to set a good example for others.

Responsibility has to do with dependability. It’s someone who works for the well-being of the organization. It is that old-fashioned thing of just coming through again and again.

It has to do with staying focused in the assignment, avoiding carelessness or shortcuts and getting the job done right on a consistent basis. Responsibility applies to every aspect of our lives, including parenting, relationships, work and finances.

As you can see, each of these qualities can be learned. They are the result of discipline and commitment. They are traits that are worthy of consideration regardless of background or belief.

By making these qualities a priority in our personal life, we can impact our culture in a positive way. Responsibility is the third quality that can make a huge difference in our world. We’ll look at two more virtues next time.

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