Performance?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Isn’t it sometimes easy to blame things that don’t perform the way we want them to, before first examining how poorly we might have been in command of those things in the first place, or even how the thing had nothing or little to do with our failure at all?

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


I’ve long been in the habit of blaming “things” when matters don’t go the way I wanted them to. One of my favorite sayings is: “The guy who designed that ought to be . . .” Fill in the blank. For example, recently I was sanding a piece of molding and ended up putting a deep gouge into the finish of the piece. I had to throw the piece away and start over. The first words out of my mouth when the sander dug into the wood were “thanks a lot!” As if the sander really had anything to do with my inability to control the track of what needed to be sanded and how long that surface should remain under the sander? Nevertheless, my first thought was to lay the blame on the “thing” and not myself.

As Christians it’s easy to find ourselves in those situations; where it’s easier to blame things that don’t perform the way we want them to, before first examining how poorly we might have been in command of those things in the first place, or even how the thing had nothing or little to do with our failure at all?

Here’s a story: There once was an unhappy apple branch that blamed the apple tree for restricting his ability to grow. “Why do I have to be attached to this tree?” he muttered. “I would fair much better if I was on my own!” And with this, it unsuccessfully tried to shake itself free. Then, one night, a lightning strike severed the faultfinding branch from its mother trunk. Soon the branch’s buds were turning gray. “It’s not my fault!” it reasoned. The independent branch soon began to see that he was the only branch with wilting buds. All of a sudden he heard footsteps. The gardener was coming! The rebellious branch felt himself being picked up and transported out of the orchard. Only too late he found out, to his horror, that his fate would be FAR from ideal: “Not the fire! I didn’t do anything wrong.” But the smoke prevented him from seeing the tears in the gardener’s eyes. (Author unknown.)

“Why Lord?” we cry. “Why am I not bearing fruit? It can’t be my fault!” The answer is simple: Apart from Jesus “we can do nothing!” (John 15:4). All too often we try to remedy the symptoms instead of the problem itself. We take self-help courses on finding spiritual peace and discovering joy in our lives. No matter what kind of effort we put forth, our problem will remain. Symptoms can be treated, but healing can only be done if the problem itself is treated. The fault is not with things but with us. If we don’t stay closely connected with Christ, we will die spiritually, no matter what “things” we try. Don’t blame “things” when “things” are only a product of how we USE them.

We pray. Heavenly Father, excuses, rationalization, and avoidance of the truth have no place in your presence O God. Help us to face our own guilt, our own responsibility for our lack of performance, our own accountability to you and others. Help us to realize that only when we take the blame for things that don’t go well in our lives, can we receive the blessing of forgiveness and new life that Jesus came to provide for us. We are the guilty, but you took the blame on yourself instead. What a Savior! In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. https://preachersmith.com/2011/08/12/a-prayer-for-lifes-opportunities/

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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