Rainbow of Responsibility

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men…”

Colossians 3:23

During my years teaching 4th grade, I created a Rainbow of Responsibility to hang in my classroom. These seven ideas can remind us of the things we are responsible for and have control of in our lives.

Red: Respect Others
We need to care for others and help everyone succeed instead of hurting others with our actions.

Orange: Organize Your Belongings
By keeping ourselves organized, we are more effective and can make greater accomplishments. We have what it takes to get the job done.

Yellow: Yearn To Learn
It is up to each of us to strive to learn. No matter how hard someone tries to teach us important skills, we have to want to learn and put in the needed effort.

Green: Go For It
We must each try. We won’t always get it right, but by trying we will find ways to succeed.

Blue: Believe In Yourself
We are each important with our own set of strengths and skills. We need to remember that we matter and that we can succeed.

Indigo: Invent New Ways
When we have tried something and it doesn’t work, we can look for new creative ways to get the job done.

Violet: Volunteer Often
We all have the responsibility to help others. We can raise our hand, but also offer a helping hand; not by giving others the answers, but by helping them find their own.

When times are especially difficult, it’s important to remember we have areas where we have the ability to control our actions, which will affect the outcome for ourselves and others. We can always ask the Holy Spirit to help guide us to do our best in all situations.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for the Holy Spirit which You have sent to live inside of us to help direct our steps. Though we may “know” what is good and right, please help us to remember to follow through even in difficult times.
In Christ’s name, Amen.

Journal: Which of these ideas are easiest for you? Where do you need the most help to follow through?

Photo by Carlos de Toro @carlosdetoro on Unsplash

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