Monday, November 23, 2020

Just Own It

By Andrea Merrell

Here’s how I imagine the conversation going when God asked Adam why he ate fruit from the forbidden tree in the Garden.

“Not my fault, God.” Adam shrugged. “It was my wife’s idea. Gotta keep the little woman happy, right?”

“I see,” God said and turned to Eve. “Care to explain why you chose to disobey my one and only rule?”

Eve’s mind raced as she looked from God to Adam to the tree—where the Devil was hiding, peeking out at her with a wicked grin. Eve pointed to the tree. “It’s his fault. The Devil made me do it.”

It was the first blame game. Adam blamed Eve, then Eve blamed the Devil. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Adam and Eve had taken responsibility for their own actions and asked God’s forgiveness? Life would have turned out very differently. But then we’ll never know …

Our carnal nature—along with prompting from the Enemy—compels us to say and do whatever we have to in order to stay out of trouble. Instead of owning it and fessing up (as my grandparents used to say), we make excuses and look for someone else to blame.

We’re all going to mess up. Make Mistakes. Sin. It’s part of our humanness. But trying to hide it from God while shifting the blame is pointless, because God already knows. All He wants is for us to come to Him with a repentant heart and confess our junk. When we do, His forgiveness and cleansing will be swift and sure.

Next time you mess up, don't blame someone else … just own it.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)

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