Tuesday, 04 October 2022

P Power of Positive Faith

Forgive & Release

I wonder if you would admit how tough it can be to hold someone accountable. Am I the only one who sometimes struggles to understand how some of their decisions are unethical, yet they can make accommodations for why they did what they did?

What is it about life that makes us choose one option over another? Why is it so easy to see that one decision is honest while also recognizing the opposite is wrong? What to some is a black or white answer; to others, it is gray. Who is right? I guess it is in the eyes of the beholder.

Over the years, I have dealt with deception on the part of people I trusted. These folks had different personalities that were night and day, but their professions were the same. Even if they came from different personal backgrounds (and they did), their professional ones were almost identical. Their decision-making was similar also. They were bright, brilliant, and skilled, yet they made wrong decisions at the end of the day.

As a result of their misdeeds, I found myself questioning myself. Was I being too harsh? Was I not understanding some other element of why they reached their decisions? What was I missing? I think the answer is not as cut and dry as I would like. I first thought it was due to my religious upbringing. Maybe I was too strict in how I approached things. But, on the other hand, possibly their teachings did not include that sacred piece, and perhaps mine skewed how I saw something. I could not figure out what each individual chose as they did at entirely different times and incidents.

I try to think about Jesus in the scheme of my thinking. Would Jesus have accepted people who believed differently than himself? Would he have understood people who had different values? I went to the Internet to read different perspectives on Jesus, ethics, and diverse thought. What struck me was references to how Jesus accepted the Tax Collector, how He talked to the woman at the well, and how at the Cross, Jesus said to one of the thieves dying next to Him, He would enter paradise. So, yes, Jesus embraced differences, but how about ethical definitions? I do not know. Although, the people I just referenced had more ethical differences than Jesus.

I believe in forgiveness, but I also believe in accountability. There will be Believers and Unbelievers who will not act ethically. Do we throw them away? No. We love them through Christ. We hold them accountable, and we pray for them to do better.

I also remind myself of the scripture in Romans 3:10, “there is none righteous; no, not one.”

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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