It is NOT my fault.  I didn’t get the email.

Wasn’t that someone else’s responsibility?

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell,* to the unquenchable fire.* 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.*,* 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,* (Mark 9)

I don’t know about you, but I have developed quite an ability to blame others.  I don’t usually blame my hand, foot, or eye, though, so perhaps I can avoid Jesus’ recommended treatment for such.

I received a request today for a report.  It was actually due today, so it was a reminder that it was due more than it was a request for a report.  My mind instantly went into blame mode: “I didn’t get the notice a week or two ago that this would be due!” I told myself.  I started thinking of who I could blame, and I wasn’t sure.  I was only sure that it wasn’t MY fault.

I even talked it out with Rachel.

Then I fairly quickly remembered that I had preached the above passage from Mark 9 just a couple of weeks ago.  I talked to the youth about how quickly they are to tell us (staff) when something isn’t their fault or responsibility.  I also suggested life would be better if, instead of wasting energy on blaming, we all took responsibility for our own actions

And, yes, sometimes those of others.

I still don’t know for sure if I received the appropriate notice last week that this report was due.  Just before posting this, however, I sat down, typed out and emailed the report.  It was that easy.

It took a few minutes to get started; I was still stewing a little about having not gotten the notice, about how it wasn’t my fault.

blah, blah, blah.

It is done, and I’ve got the rest of the day now NOT to worry about it or blame someone.

You wouldn’t really blame your hand, would you, if you used your hand to sin?

How much time and energy do you waste blaming others for things?  Don’t you have better things do to with that time and energy?

One thought on “Blame

  1. Next week I would love your thoughts on some thoughts about spirals of violence, circles of containment and cones of quelling.

    I am very much into Rene Girard and doing some work on expanding his thesis of the single victim mechanism (blame).

    Are you into Girard?

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