Ever wonder about some excuses people give to insurance companies when they try to explain their accidents? I’m sure the employees have a good laugh at our expense. One company received this note on their questionnaire: “The telephone poll was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end. ”
Another read, “As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident. ”
“The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran him over.”
It’s amazing how quick we are to blame others for the mistakes we make. We’re so busy making excuses that we seldom take time to think through what we could have done differently. And we’re even less likely to try and learn from our failures. It’s easier to simply deny them and move on.
“People ruin their lives by their foolishness and then are angry at the Lord,” notes King Solomon, the author of Proverbs (19:3). Somehow it seems easier to blame God when life doesn’t go our way than to try and reevaluate our poor choices. When our portfolio shrinks, we wonder why God allowed it to happen. Never mind that a dozen people told us to stay away from risky high tech stocks. Our children rebel and turn away from God, and we wonder why He wasn’t keeping a closer watch over them. We all make choices in life– some good and some bad. And if we’re going to take credit for our successes, we need to take responsibility for our failures as well.”
From: Embracing Eternity
I see this mirroring today’s modern name blaming. The wildfires, the terrorist attacks, voters frauds, you name it, no one wants to own up to their own mistakes. And then, the ultimate blame of why God allowed these things to happen is just showing true ignorance.
So are you in the habit of blaming God for your mistakes instead of taking responsibility for your poor choices? The blame game is so rampant today, especially in social media and the news, I just have to stop and block all these noises because there’s no relief in sight.
“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” Proverbs 19:3