Why You Shouldn’t rely on Government for Change

With all the talk about the global economic crisis, many people all over the world are turning to their government as they look for change.  They expect the government to make some big change that will improve their lives greatly, so they sit back and wait for that change to happen.  But it’s important to realize that while the government does play a role in our lives, it certainly can’t transform them.  Here’s why:

  • The government may make the laws, but you make the decisions about your life.  It is everyone’s duty to live under the laws set forth by the government, but we all have free will to make decisions about how to live our lives.  We can choose to live by the law or we can choose to be lawbreakers.  We can choose to make life transforming decisions that fall within the law, or we can choose to sit around and hope things will get better.  Every decision that has the potential to change your life is up to you.
  • You should never give your power to someone else.  One of the worst things you can do is hand over the power you wield over your own life to someone else.  Handing over your power means essentially throwing up your hands and saying that everything is in the government’s hands.  There is nothing more disheartening than waking up one day and realizing that you had the power to change the course of your life but that you did nothing because you felt powerless.  Feeling powerless is never the same thing as actually being powerless.  There are few situations in life when we are actually powerless.
  • The government should support us but not be our form of subsistence.  During these tough economic times, many people are learning to rely on the government because their way of making money suddenly disappeared.  However, this is entirely the wrong lesson to learn.  The government does support us in a variety of ways, but it should never provide a “free” replacement for your paycheck on a permanent basis if you can help it.  Nothing is free, and that money you’re getting from the government isn’t free.  It’s coming from somewhere.
  • You simply feel better about yourself when you’re doing all you can to affect change in your own life.  People who have been on government assistance for a long time know what it’s like to lose their dignity.  It may seem like a great idea to sit back and let someone else pay you for doing nothing, but it won’t be long before you realize that something is missing.  We were all put in the places we are in for a reason, and when you stop fulfilling the purpose for which you were created, unhappiness is the result.

Every one of us has the power to make changes in our lives, and it’s important that we use this power to make changes that will transform our world.  The government really does have limited power in the area of transformation.  It is up to YOU to make a difference.Turning point