If you start doing something for someone that they should be doing for themselves, you’ll end up doing it forever and a day.
New wife, if you start picking up your adorable new husband’s dirty underwear and socks, you’ll be doing it for him fifty years from now.
Pastor, if you start cutting the grass and shoveling the snow, you’ll be cutting the grass and shoveling the snow right up to the day you say “good-bye.”
Hard worker, if you keep picking up your colleague’s slack, you’ll be doing it until he is fired.
Covering for other’s irresponsibility and laziness helps no one.
I’m not suggesting that you run in your lane and never look to help your brother. There are times we all need help and we never get to important to serve.
But I am suggesting that in your interaction with others that you focus on empowering them and helping them grow. Nobody wins when we weaken others by doing their heavy lifting for them.
The ONE THING for today: Don’t show how responsible and diligent you are by taking care of things that are other people’s responsibility. Show how responsible and diligent you are by taking care of what you are responsible for and empowering others to do the same.