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The Blame Ends Here

April 2010

     Harry S. Truman, former president of the United States, had a motto on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here." Others might shift the blame for failure, but when it all settled down he knew he must accept responsibility when others would not.
     Passing the blame is as old as mankind. Adam and Eve, our first parents did it. Adam said, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." Eve said, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Read the story in Genesis 3).
     This same process is still at work today. There is a strong desire to take credit when things go well, but an eagerness to pass the responsibility on to others when things go wrong.
     Great harm is often done by sidestepping personal responsibility for our actions. In doing so we injure others, but we do the greatest harm to ourselves. Only as we honestly admit and face up to our wrong doings and seek God's help, will we find the power needed to overcome our problems.
     Solomon correctly said, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).
     Let's remember the blame stops somewhere. Let's stop it where it honestly needs to stop. And that may be at our own doorstep. 

- J. Wayne Heatwole
   Rosthern, SK
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