I recently took a Facebook quiz, one of the many out there, and it was determined that I am an ESTJ. For those unfamiliar with this test the initials mean that I am an Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. This quiz confirms what the test I took in Seminary. I’m not surprised. People in this category are called the “Guardians.”

The quiz also gave me a list of famous people sharing this personality profile. Among them are several presidents, Billy Graham, and a number of actors that I admire. I was rather pleased. It is great to be on a list with people that I admire. I was also frightened when I saw names on the list that had less than grand records of fine living. The worst on the list was Saddam Hussein. Imagine being on a list with Saddam Hussein.

How much of our life’s outcome is determined by our personality? How much comes from family of origin? How much is it genetic? How much is it circumstances? How much is God’s influencing our lives and calling us in certain directions?

I don’t pretend to know the answers to any of these questions but I do know that no matter what our genetics, circumstances, upbringing or personalities, we are still responsible for our own actions. Ultimately no matter what hand we are dealt with at birth we can choose how we live and ultimately we shall answer to God for what we do and what we do not do.

I know people who blame their horoscope signs, or their parents, or their genetics, or their personalities for their failures. People who succeed in life find ways to move don’t find excuses. They take responsibility for themselves.

What will we do? Will we take responsibility for our lives or make excuses? Someday God will ask us what we have done with our lives. What will our response be?

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