Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Blame Game

Individuals have a tendency to blame their despondent lives and dismal failures on everything from bad parents to lousy government to an inferior educational system. And the blame game seems to be quite effective, too. Why? Because as long as we point the finger at someone or something else, we keep the spotlight off of ourselves. As long as we make excuses, we don't have to change. In fact, some people argue that we can't change. Our circumstances keep us from getting out of our messes. The result of the blaming phenomenon is an entire culture of complainers. Everybody's whining and few people are willing to take responsibility for their lives.
Jesus doesn't want us wallowing in self- pity or bitterness. In John Chapter 5 1:15 - Jesus comes to us, as he came to the crippled man by the Bethesda pool, and asks, "Would you like to get well?" It is a sobering question with profound implications. When we are ready to quit blaming and making excuses and willing to trust and obey the Lord, then (and only then) can we experience change and growth.