The Blame Game

We live in a world where many folks do not want to take responsibility for their actions. Often they want to pin their misdoings on someone or something else. Here is a little story that makes this point well.


A minor league baseball coach was busy working with his team during spring training when he received a message from the head office. That day a new player would be arriving who was going to be a superstar and they wanted him to get a lot of playing time. The team was playing a practice game the next day, so the coach put him in the lineup to play left field.


In the first inning the opposing team had runners on base with two outs. The next batter hit a lazy fly ball to left field that should have been easily caught for the third out. Instead, the new prospect missed it! The ball hit him on the head and went past him allowing the runners to score. When the inning was over the coach tried to encourage the young player by saying, “That alright son, a mistake like that could have happened to anybody.”


The next inning brought the same scenario- - runners on base with two outs. Then an easily catchable ball was hit to left field. Once again the ball was missed by the new prospect, hitting him on the head and two more runs scored. When he returned to the dugout the coach said, “That’s alright son. It could have happened to anybody. However, I am going to play left field next inning. You watch me and I will show you how it is done.”


As you might guess, the next inning the opposing team had runners on base with two outs. The next batter hits a soft fly ball to the coach. He missed it! The ball hit him on the head and went past allowing all the runners to score. When he returned to the dugout he told the young player, “Boy, you’ve got left field so messed up, can’t anybody play it!”


It seems to have been human nature from the beginning to blame our mistakes on someone else (cf. Genesis 3:11f). However, human nature is not always a Godly trait. God holds us accountable for our own actions (Ezekiel 18:20). It is only when we come clean and “confess our faults” that God is willing to “cleanse” us of our wrongdoings (cf. 1 John 1:9).


So, do you take responsibility for your own actions? Or do you tend to blame someone or something else? Be advised, those that play the “Blame Game,” never win!