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From Blame to Responsibility

“I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.”

– Psalms 101:2

My third Biblical world-changer thought that you can incorporate to keep your mind healthy is to move from thoughts of blame to thoughts of personal responsibility. It may have been said a million times, yet even I can’t hear it enough. My teenage daughter constantly reminds me of the temptation to blame others, to blame society, to blame this or that. You’ll get nowhere with this approach.

At a young age, I also learned this lesson. A guy went for a bench press max, and he missed the mark. As he got off the bar he kicked the bar like it was the bar’s fault. “It was a stupid and slippery bar,” he said. At that moment, I realized it wasn’t the bar’s fault, it was his fault. His strength wasn’t enough because he didn’t eat well or train enough. We were all watching him, so he was embarrassed. How many times have you sat down with your spouse, siblings or parents and blamed them for everything? Was their response, “I’m glad we talked, I was wrong, and you were right. I’m committed to improving your life.” I’d be willing to bet that hasn’t happened.

Friend, as soon as we feel unsettled or feel we’ve been wronged and it’s not our fault, we begin blaming. Blaming doesn’t solve anything! You won’t get a better spouse by blaming your spouse. Blaming your country won’t make it better. We are very tribal, but don’t blame groups. Too many people miss out on good people because they don’t like their associations. It closes you off to all the opportunities that are available. Let the Holy Spirit work with you. He will teach you how to be strong and healthy in your personal relationships, your families, and in your faith!

Prayer


Father, help me develop strong and healthy relationships.

Reflection


Is it easier to blame others than to accept personal responsibility?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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