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Brandon’s grandparents were planning a drive around the island during their holiday visit, stopping at interesting places along the way. Brandon’s sister was going and so were his cousins and aunt and uncle. But—and a big but—Brandon had accepted the part of an angel in the musical his church would be presenting Christmas weekend, and the last rehearsal was during the trip. It would be so much fun to go, but he was supposed to be at the rehearsal. Why did everything have to happen at the same time? In the end, responsibility won out, and Brandon stayed. He and his parents joined the trip on the last day, after the rehearsal. They had a great time at the new observatory museum. And the musical went very well.

Ask any teacher or boss or church pastor. Ask any parent. Responsibility is the one indispensable character trait that many kids—and adults—don’t have. Everyone’s willing to help if it doesn’t inconvenience them. “I’ll teach a class the weekends I’m not camping.” “I’ll play the piano if I wake up in time.” To teacher: “I didn’t have time to finish the assignment.” Later, to a friend: “Wasn’t that movie on TV last night great?”

Responsibility will put you at the head of the line, in school, and on the job. Everyone’s looking for a really responsible person, someone who can be counted on all the time.

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all you might" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

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By Donna J. Habenicht. Excerpt reprinted with permission from "10 Christian Values Every Kid Should Know", Review and Herald Publishing Association. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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