“You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” -Galatians 5:7
Kids are often really good at blaming someone else for the trouble they cause. Like when a three year old says his nine-month old brother broke the vase when the baby clearly couldn’t get out of the crib to do so. When we grow up, those childish habits grow with us. We blame our church or the fact that there are too many options when it comes to religion. We blame the government or the opposing political party. We say it’s our parents’ fault or the ex-boyfriend who ruined us.
But at the end of our lives, when we stand before the throne of our God and account for the way we lived our lives, the blame we cast on others will be useless. You can’t point fingers at someone else.
So, who or what is hindering you today? Look carefully through your life – are there toxic relationships that poison your mind and mood? Do you blame your bad childhood for your poor behavior today? Do you follow others (even if it’s a pastor, your parents, or a friend) blindly without knowing what the Bible says about living righteously and faithfully?
You alone are responsible for your actions. You have the power and control over your life. Regardless of the influences around you, it is still up to you to choose how to live this life. You are running well. Don’t let someone else hinder you from obtaining the crown.