Responsibility Question: Who should fill the soap dispenser?



Someone must be responsible.

I’ve been frustrated for two weeks because no one will take responsibility.

For two weeks, I have reached for the liquid soap dispenser in the bathroom, pushed several times on the dispenser and nothing comes out.

I pick it up.

I look at it.

I’m mad at it and then I ask the question:

“Why doesn’t SOMEONE fill the soap dispenser?”

I have repeated that same routine many times over the last couple weeks…and still…no soap.

Each repetition caused me to be a little more frustrated.

Why won’t SOMEONE take responsibility?

It’s not that hard.

The jumbo refill keg of soap is in the cupboard under the kitchen sink.  That is only about twenty feet away in our house.

It’s not that far.

SOMEONE should fill the rotten soap dispenser.

Today, I had enough.

I pressed on the dispenser…I looked at it…I grumbled at it and then I had a marvelous idea.

I could fill the soap dispenser.

Yes….me.  I could do it.  And you know what?  I did.  I went over and found the giant refill bottle and squeezed some soap into the bathroom dispenser and washed my hands.

It took me about 17 seconds.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?

SOMEONE should put those dishes away.

SOMEONE should pick up that piece of trash on the sidewalk.

SOMEONE should help that lady with her groceries.


Who’s responsibility is it anyways?


If you are there and you have the ability to do what should be done, the responsibility is yours.  If I’m there, then the responsibility is mine.

Of course, the “SOMEONE shoulds” get a lot more serious than empty soap dispensers or dirty dishes.

SOMEONE should get to know those new folks at church.

SOMEONE should tell that guy at work about Jesus.

SOMEONE should love that lady with the crusty personality.

SOMEONE should go pray with that family.  They are really hurting.

SOMEONE should do something about those kids who don’t have any warm clothes.


SOMEONE should.  How about you?

We are all prone to think that someone else ought to do something.  We can produce a lengthy list of why we are not that someone.  Mostly, those lists are fraudulent.  We are called to love our neighbor.   We are all called to serve.  We are all called to go and make disciples.

Has God been placing you in situations where you find yourself saying “SOMEONE ought to…”?  If so, strongly consider the possibility that you are that SOMEONE.  You are the answer to that need.  The bible says that when you trust Jesus as your Savior, he makes you a new creation ready to accomplish great missions, large and small, for the glory of God and the good of others.

It may be as simple as filling the soap dispenser for the next person or as grand as sharing Jesus with someone far from God.

Be that SOMEONE.

The responsibility is yours.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  -Ephesians 2:10


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