Monday, January 11, 2016

Who's the Culprit?

By Andrea Merrell

I looked everywhere, searching for the one responsible. I tried desperately to find someone to blame for my problem, and finally found the culprit—in the mirror.

Staring back at me was a sad reflection of the one responsible for my situation—the one who had made unwise choices, hasty decisions, and reacted without knowing all the facts. I had placed myself in this awkward and uncomfortable situation and it was time to “man-up” and get myself out—or rather call on God to rescue me.

We tell our kids to be honest, to take responsibility for their own actions, yet we find ourselves doing the opposite of what we preach. We pass the proverbial buck whenever we can. The problem is that buck-passing is a lie that grows and picks up momentum until it plows someone under—usually, an unsuspecting, innocent bystander.

The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. There was a lot of buck-passing with the Israelites and even with the disciples.

Getting to the root of any problem starts with an honest evaluation and ends with the courage to fess-up, then fix-up the problem. Sidestepping the issue, blaming others, or running away from confrontation will never make it right.

It took me a long time to learn that we all make mistakes, and it’s okay to be truthful and admit when we’re wrong. It’s much easier to confess our faults one to another, ask forgiveness, and turn the situation around than it is to point a finger at everyone around you, hoping to avoid the heat.

God expects integrity in all that we do and say. When we do the right thing—no matter what—He responds with love and restoration.

Are you in a bad situation, playing the blame game? Are you the culprit? If so, put down your pride, fess up, and let God fix it. You’ll be glad you did.

(Photos courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Stuart Miles/adamr.)

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