“Are you really my son Esau? He asked. I am, he replied.” [Genesis 28:24]

Why do you blame others for your own decisions?  Nobody can decide for you.  You and you alone are responsible for the decisions you make.  Jacob could have blamed his mother!  However, with God is the wisdom to take the path He has provided to do the next right thing and make healthy decisions.  Many years ago the words ‘the devil made me do it’ made famous by Flip Wilson, was a common and comical saying.  David could have used the same excuse but he didn’t, “Against you and you only, have I sinned and done evil in your sight…” [Psalm 51:4]

With all the parental advocacy that young people have grown up with the idea that someone else, namely parents, will ‘fix’ things, has warped and caused a subtle twisting of what should have happened with the age of accountability.  Creating an environment of personal responsibility and releasing young people to be responsible for their own lives has been lost.  The lie that parents should continue to take charge of young people’s lives or young people remain dependent of parents has spread like a virus in man’s thinking and taking responsibility for one’s own life has no solid ground.  The age of entitlement is not just a label for governmental dependency, but dependency on anyone other than oneself.  Every person is given the responsibility of being in charge of their own lives and parents need to step back and allow young people to be who they are.  Every man and women in biblical history made their own choices, often wrong choices, yet God gave them that choice and chose to use them as examples of His mercy and grace.

Read the story of Jacob:  Genesis 28-35