The Blame Game
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
When Mary and Emma’s mom saw the chewed up book, she confronted her girls. Mary quickly pointed the finger to her little sister Emma. Emma immediately replied that her cousin Jacob did it. Now to appreciate Emma’s response you must understand that cousin Jacob lived over 2,200 miles away and was still a baby without teeth! As you can imagine, mom had a hard time concealing a smile.
The blame game has a long history. Adam blamed Eve—she was the one who gave him the fruit. And he even blamed God. He basically said, “If you wouldn’t have put this woman here, this wouldn’t have happened!” Eve, of course, blamed the snake.
Do you find yourself often trying to shift blame? Blaming is easy, but there’s honor and redemption when you take responsibility for your faults.
“I praise loudly, I blame softly.”
– Catherine the Great (1729-1796)