My friend, may I ask you a question? How easy it is to blame others, especially when they are at least somewhat responsible for what happens to us. But, ultimately, there’s usually enough blame to go around. And, that includes us? When things are clogged, it’s probably our fault?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Yesterday I decided it was time to mark trees for fall cutting here at Beech Springs. For that I needed a can of spray paint. I rummaged through my paint cabinet selecting can after can of paint only to find that nearly every can of paint was useless. The paint had congealed in the spray heads. I remarked to my wife that you would think they could make a can of spray paint that actually worked when you needed it. She remarked, “You would think that when you put them away you would make sure that the spray heads were clean.” Touch’e!
How easy it is to blame others, especially when they are at least somewhat responsible for what happens to us. But, ultimately, there’s usually enough blame to go around. And, that includes us.
Here’s story from Lynn Chaffert: “I can’t help but feel a little aggravated at my Sheltie Dog! After all, it was all her fault! She could have completely avoided her injuries if she had simply obeyed and not run after that other dog and was bitten! She should have obeyed. Yet, when given the chance to really think about it, every time I try to focus on how naughty she’s been, my conscience pricks me. You see, she wasn’t on a leash. That wasn’t her fault. It was mine. I knew that if she ever got tangled up with another dog, she would probably end up getting hurt. Yet because it is easier on me to have her run free, I didn’t put her on a leash. So ultimately, though she did disobey, the ultimate responsibility for what happened to her is mine! (Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets)
How much heartache and hurt feelings could be avoided if we would only take responsibility for our own actions and stop trying to blame others for what happens! Each of us needs to be challenged to discover if “I” have anything to do with what’s happening? If the answer is yes, take it back to the Lord and ask him if there are any unleashed dogs running around in our lives; or, perhaps a can of spray paint that needs our attention? As the Bible says, “Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal 6:4-5) The funny thing about blame is, there’s always plenty to go around. When things are clogged, we probably are the ones who clogged it in the first place.
We pray. Heavenly Father, We admit that we have a struggle of blaming others for quite a lot of stuff. We’re very quick to explain how it is other’s fault. Thank you for bringing fault to our attention. Please help us to be careful not to always place the blame on others. We pray that this is something we can change in our behavior. We take responsibility for our actions and understand the importance of grace. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen."
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.