Good Morning! Oh, wait, it’s already past noon. Well, anyway, happy Monday! No, no, that’s not right either it’s Friday the 7th of July. Nope, try again Patsy, it’s AUGUST. August? That means the last month of summer, and I was waiting for vacation to start. You know, trips to Disneyland, neighborhood barbecues, beaches, concerts, date night with hubby, etc.
I bet you find yourself from time to time in a muddle and/or a puddle. Or maybe you’re double-dipping and just not sure which came first the puddle or the muddle. All you know is this is not your idea of fun. Mine either.
I’m grateful God gave us instinctive survival skills (like Joseph), the potential for do-over attitudes, even after being swallowed by circumstances (like Jonah), and community spirit to try, try again (like Nehemiah).
I don’t think many of us are going to sport 2020 tattoos. In fact, collectively we’d probably say we want to paddle our skiff away from this calendar year as quickly as possible. But then we know the year didn’t cause the mess we are in, so we tend to do what Adam and Eve taught us to do—we blame.
Blame is a bad use of good energy. And a barrier to progress. It’s the devil’s most common ditch-digging tool because it potentially leaves us in a pit, depleted, divided, & disillusioned.
Accountability- that’s a whole other conversation. Accountability means having the hard, necessary conversations, making difficult choices for the right reasons, and walking in personal integrity, while not judging someone else’s intentions.
No doubt about it, blame is easier.
My caution for you and to myself is not to let my insecurities and emotions rule my choices and thought life. That means making sure I have carefully installed my security system, God’s Word, to guard my heart and my mind. Safety is first an inside issue between the Lord and us. To understand the love of God and his counsel we must know his Word, which reassures us, directs us, and protects us. Let’s stay as far away from judging and blaming as we can because they ignite dissent in our ranks. God’s bottom line is love. Always has been. Always will be.
May the God of peace and mercy, grace and love overtake us in these difficult days, Patsy