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Responsibility is Something None of Us Can Escape.

December 06, 2013

Have you ever looked up the definition of responsibility in the dictionary? Here is what it says- the state or position of being responsible. Really! Even I could have come up with that one. I like the synonym as a better explanation (answerability, accountability) Relationship conflicts, marriage problems, even hassles with business associates in your life, generally boil down to how much skill you have in taking responsibility. Or in some cases, not! 

 

Responsibility is something that none of us can escape.  Think about it.  There are so many things that we have to do and if we don’t, lots of people feel it!  If we don’t choose to be responsible, it will be what holds us back in so many areas.  It is probably what keeps us from going to the next place in every area of our lives.  Physically, spiritually, professionally, financially, etc.  

 

As much as we may dream about being carefree (escaping), the truth is that behaving responsibly adds meaning to our lives, and gives us a sense of empowerment. Contrary to public opinion it’s not something we’re entitled to. If someone is hesitant to give you additional responsibility, it’s probably because you haven’t shown that you can handle the responsibilities you already have. You might think, “But the responsibilities I have now are so insignificant, and if I’m given more of a challenge, I will take it more seriously. But it’s the proverbial chicken or the egg; we become more responsible by being more responsible, so which is first; being responsible or getting responsibility? 

 

The Bible teaches us that our responsibility as believers is to work uncompromisingly as the Lord has gifted us and leads us in this life. We are responsible for our money, time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds, and spirits, and we should invest in those things that in some way contribute to the work of the Lord. James tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).

 

So why make this whole responsibility thing a core value at Habitué anyway? Let’s start with our guarantee: That passionate people who love what they do will make coffee the way you want it, while providing a welcoming environment to enjoy it in…or your money back. Without responsibility there would not be passionate people (somebody else will do it), there would be no making of coffee (it’s not my job), forget about the welcoming environment, and if you want your money back talk to somebody who is responsible enough to handle money. Now of course this is a tad bit melodramatic but I think that I have successfully made my point. Responsibility is a core value that each of us must possess in order to succeed in every area of our lives and at Habitué we take it seriously because we sincerely want you to enjoy the atmosphere, the food, the coffee, and your time here. Being responsible dictates that we know that we may not get it right every time, but dictates that we will make it right every time. We know you can spend your hard-earned dollars anywhere you choose and we are grateful that you choose to spend them with us. 

 

Responsibility is something that none of us can escape.  Think about it.  There are so many things that we have to do and if we don’t, lots of people feel it!  If we don’t choose to be responsible, it will be what holds us back in so many areas.  It is probably what keeps us from going to the next place in every area of our lives.  Physically, spiritually, professionally, financially, etc.

 

As we have just come through Thanksgiving (my favorite time of the year) and now look toward Christmas I am drawn to what I believe our responsibility as society and as believers is. Simply put, our responsibility lies in working for the Lord, whether it is in “looking after orphans or widows in distress” (James 1:27), giving to the hungry, the naked, visiting those in prison (see Matthew 25:35-36), serving in our workplace (see Colossians 3:22), or doing whatever we do (Colossians 3:23).

 

We at Habitué wish you all a wonderful and productive Christmas and encourage you to look for ways to be responsible during this season.

 

Mike and Cheryl Wells

Owners, Habitué Coffeehouse and Bakery