Time-wasting blame?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Fault is pretty much everywhere. Just look around at all the sinners. How many do you see? Since blame is one of the greatest time-wasters you’ll ever see, can something this wasteful be of any good?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

There’s an old adage that says, “People who are out to find fault seldom find anything else.” I was reminded of this recently after disagreeing with a friend. I went home and went into our bedroom walk-in closet to change. There’s a full-size mirror on the back of the door. As I closed the door I caught my sullen image there. As it’s been succinctly put: “If you’re always looking for someone or something to blame, you’ll probably find them lurking in your mirror.” It struck me at the moment that I was looking at the image of my friend was seeing just moments before. If he saw blame, I was seeing it for myself. I saw myself in person a lot different than I did in my mind’s eye. There’s a lot of truth in these old sayings, isn’t there? If we find comfort in fault-finding, we’re likely to succeed in finding what we’re looking for.

Fault is pretty much everywhere. Just look around at all the sinners. How many do you see? Since blame is one of the greatest time-wasters you’ll ever see, can something this wasteful be of any good?

Here’s a story: A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. Said the barber to the preacher: “This is why I can’t believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I can’t believe in a God who permits these things.” The minister was silent until they met a man who was especially unkempt and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch of stubble on his face, Said the minister: “You can’t be a very good barber or you wouldn’t permit a man like that to continue living in this neighborhood without a haircut and a shave.” Indignantly the barber answered: “Why blame me for that man’s condition? I can’t help it that he’s like that. He’s never come into my shop, I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!” Giving the barber a penetrating look, the minister said: “Then don’t blame God for allowing the people to continue in their evil ways, when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved. The reason these people are slaves to sin and evil habits is that they refuse to know Jesus who died to save and deliver them.” The barber saw the point. (Author unknown.)

All blame is really a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another person, and regardless of how much you blame them, it won’t change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you’re looking for reasons beyond yourself to explain the unhappiness or frustration in your life. You may succeed in making someone else feel guilty of something by blaming them, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy. That is a factor of self and not others.

We pray. Heavenly Father, worldly logic is not your way as your are above that. So, when our critics are energized by our faults, we must protect our minds by the helmet of love you provide. Help us to stay focused and remember we are not fighting flesh and blood. We must pray for those who are against us and disagree with us and we need to love them through it. We must also pray for patience and long-suffering when disagreements separate us, especially from our friends. 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.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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