Boy do we humans love the blame game! As I have been reflecting back on our dealings with the wife’s new employer and our mortgage company is it easy to say that it was “so and so’s” fault. This past weekend as we set up Velocity for the first time in our temporary home at Baggett we could have played that game as well and we may have to some extent as we struggled to overcome the time constraints that were upon us.
As a husband I often find it easier to blame my wife for things that take responsibility for my own actions! That last sentence hurt a bit but it is the truth. Our culture has become very good at blaming others for our mistakes and shortcomings.
In my reading this morning, I read this from the book of Job.
“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
If you remember the story of Job; he was a righteous man who God allowed to be tested to prove to Satan that he was a man of integrity and would not curse God under direst. In a matter of moments Job had his family and all of his possesions taken away from him and his response,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart. [c]
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”
if there ever was someone who deserved to complain a bit it was Job but instead he praised God.
I believe that there is a great lesson to be learned in this…take responsibility for yourself and do not blame others for what is happening to you! Despite the inconvenience of living out of a suitcase for a couple of weeks down here, the wife and I are far better off than most people in the world. The reality is that there is really no one to blame for what happened! Now I could easily find someone to blame and cast my ire upon but is it really worth it? Sure I will feel better, but the situation will not be any different.
So here are my words to live by for today, “don’t play the blame game!” Take a long look at yourself first, praise God for his blessings, and pray for the strength for the test that lies ahead because it is coming. God deals with us according to His sovereignty, how we react to him demonstrates our commitment, maturity, and attitude.
Praise be to God who has given me so much and has allowed me to be here in Douglasville to serve his church! The blessing of becoming a homeowner is almost upon me. I pray that I might be a good steward of what you have given to me. Amen.