I’m in a funk. I think we’re the only county in Maryland that’s going to be in school tomorrow! I could use another day of rest and relaxation. I don’t know what our school board was thinking. I’m not mentally ready to return. It’s easier for me to blame the Board of Education for approving such a ridiculous calendar than to take responsibility for procrastinating until the very last minute to prepare for my work week.
Last week, PB and I gave Cubs 1 and 2 Coby tablets as their surprise gifts. On two separate occasions on Christmas Day, we told them not to create passwords for their tablets so that we could get them set up correctly. One day later, Cub 2 had created a password that he could no longer remember and his tablet became useless. Cub 2 blamed Cub 1 for showing him how to create a password. Cub 1 blamed Cub 2 for asking him to help him set up his password. Neither would take responsibility for wrong-doing. Neither could recall either of their parents telling them not to create passwords. As a result of their selective hearing, both had their tablets taken away. (I know! Already!)
Why is it so easy to blame others instead of looking at ourselves when something is wrong? It’s easier to blame a sibling. Even as adults, it was easier for Adam to blame Eve for eating the forbidden fruit in the garden. It was easier for Eve to blame the serpent. It’s easier to blame other co-workers, the weather, or another driver on the highway for wrong-doing before looking at ourselves. It’s easier to put the blame elsewhere rather than to feel shame or guilt. Since we’re at the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to try something new:
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5
The next time you have an opportunity to play the blame game, seek guidance first from God and you just might discover a new way of handling things. Make good choices, show your radiance, and play the blame game less! Have a great week!
Oh, I almost forgot! We did call customer service and got Cub 2’s tablet working again. Both cubs are happy again – for now!
Peace and Blessings!