Every superhero has their villain. Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luther. Even Captain Planet had, well, pollution.
This got me thinking. Who would my villain be?
Who is it that makes my life difficult, and what would it take to overcome them?
When I was in college I signed up for a child psychology class. I only needed one more psychology credit, and I had heard this class was an easy A.
Like any other class, there were tests, quizzes, and homework. However, a large portion of the grade was tied to an online child simulation program.
To pass the class, you had to monitor your “online child”.
Long story short, I received an email that my professor had dropped me from the class due to neglecting my cyber children.
Are you serious? They weren’t real children! You could have at least given me a heads up that I was behind. Why was that such a big part of the grade anyway?
Those were my thoughts after reading the email.
Because of that professor I was going to miss out on those much needed psychology credits.
But it wasn’t my professor’s fault. It was my fault. I didn’t do the work.
I was the one that chose not to put food on the table for my computer-animated kids.
Turns out, I am my own worst enemy.
Who keeps me from achieving the goals I set? I do. Who oversleeps even though he hears the alarm? I do. Who, even though he says he’s trying to eat healthy, keeps going to the pizza buffet? I do.
Its good to know I’m not alone though.
Even Paul in Romans 7:15 says, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
Paul takes ownership for his mistakes here.
He goes on to say in verse 18, ” For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
He knows what is right, and he acknowledges that he cannot always carry it out.
He does not shift the blame though.
As people we so often look to blame outside sources for the problems we encounter.
Trouble at work? Must be management. Problems at home? It’s probably because your spouse isn’t trying hard enough.
I can only speak for myself, but I often look to blame others for why I’m not performing as I should.
Let’s take a page out of Paul’s playbook.
Let’s take responsibility for our shortcomings.
Only then can we address them. Only then can we overcome our worst enemy, ourselves.
Do you agree that we are our own worst enemy? What have you done to get past this?