The Weekly PowerBreak – “To Blame Is To Be Lame”

It’s an old adage but as true today as it ever has been. So much so, that it’s appropriate to begin the year with a quip to encourage you not to play the “blame game.”

Ever notice how everyone is quick to blame? Politicians blame the other party. Batters strike out and blame the umpire. Kickers miss a field goal and blame the holder. Children bring home poor grades and blame the teacher. Or grownups have a bad day at work and blame the supervisor. Well, we are all guilty of playing the blame game, and we must admit that it comes naturally, after all our first parents blamed instead of taking responsibility. Notice what happened in the garden after Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit.

Genesis 3:8–13 (ESV) — 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

See how lame it is to blame?

“It’s that woman you gave me.”

“The serpent deceived me.”

Who have you blamed recently or over the past year for something you messed up? If there was a resounding resolution that is needed by all of us for the coming year, it is to resolve to take responsibility for our actions and the outcomes of our negligence, procrastination, or failures and not try to lay the blame on someone else. That is called integrity.

Proverbs 20:7 (ESV) — 7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!

Just as Adam became lame in his laying blame to his wife, so a man who takes responsibility, and even admits his errors, thereby blesses his children and those around him. Interesting, the very thing that drives us to blame is the feeling it will make us look weak to admit our faults, but the reality is that the admission of wrong or failure is a sign of strength and pays dividends in the long run.

Step up and take responsibility or be lame – the choice is yours.

Godspeed,

Bob Brubaker