The year was 1992. Stella Liebeck went to the local McDonalds drive thru and ordered a hamburger and a cup of coffee. By her own admission she was inattentive when pulling the lid off of her coffee cup. When she went to take a drink, the coffee was hot and she dropped it into her lap. Stella, who was 79 years old at the time, sued McDonalds for 3 million dollars. She would eventually be awarded $640,000.00 by a jury.
Think for a moment; at 79 years old she had quite possibly consumed thousands of cups of coffee. She ordered hot coffee, the coffee burned her and it was not her fault!
Stella is not alone in the world of not accepting personal responsibility and their accompanying consequences. It almost seems second nature in many to blame others for their burns of irresponsibility.
Winston Churchill said, “Accepting personal responsibility is the price of greatness.” Supreme court Justice Lewis Brandies (1916-1939) said, “Responsibility is the great developer. It builds your character. It’s what helps you to grow.”
We have all known a Stella Liebeck, the person who would rather accuse and excuse than accept responsibility. Self-centeredness coupled with entitlement mentality will always thwart personal spiritual growth.
Today, take a fresh new look at your surroundings. Are you where you want to be? Are you growing in Godly wisdom and character.
Remember, the God that loves you without reservation desires His best for you. Never become comfortable with anything less!