David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”—2 Samuel 12:13
We live in a time where it's socially acceptable to blame and attack others for our own mistakes, issues, and sins. I have watched as vendors blame shipping companies, shipping companies blame customers, and customers blame sales representatives. And round and round it goes. Each one is deflecting because of the cost of responsibility. But in the end, someone has to pay, and it appears it's usually the one who gets the most tired of fighting first. And some people are masters of deflection. They have learned that deflecting, blaming, yelling, finger-pointing, media posting, accusations, soundbites, and indictments eventually become so annoying to some that someone else will ultimately give in. So they commit hard to the blame game. However, there is another way. A way that truncates blame and this tiring cycle—it's taking responsibility. Like David did above. It interrupts the process, hastens the hiding, and gives way to a new day. Just say it, "I have sinned against the Lord."
DO THIS: Take responsibility.
PRAYER: God, it's easy to deflect, and yet hard to take responsibility. Help me to make the hard choice today as I own my issues, problems, and sins.