The call to responsibility demands that we “own” the mess in front of us and get to work cleaning it up, making sure we’re doing it for the right reasons. Boaz did this faithfully, as did his famous descendant Jesus, as an example for us to follow today.
God calls us to be catalysts, taking responsibility to “nudge” our brothers and sisters towards fulfilling their obligations, even if it’s risky, because we trust Him with outcomes.
Boaz teaches us that one good person who takes responsibility of his own resources so that he can use them to care for others as God’s agent in the world can and WILL have a huge impact!
Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth made the difficult decision to take care of her mother-in-law even though she had no legal obligation to do so, leaving a recipe to follow for those of us who want to take responsibility for ourselves and for those who depend on us.
When it finally becomes obvious to us that we have made a big mistake, we are faced with the choice to either “double-down” on the bad decision or take responsibility for it and make a change. What choice will you make?