The Blame Game

The PathEach one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.   – James 1:14

“Your mission failed,” the cartoon character told his son.

“But great father, I’ve returned with the goods you’ve required. I am here before you now,” he pleaded.

“You chose to travel off the roads I built,” his father stood firmly.

“I’ve only detoured to gain a greater understanding. The gold, the beauty, the love called to me and I only meant to stay awhile,” the son sobbed.

“You had all you needed on the great road. Your path choices were not part of the great kingdom and now they lie with you. While you were on the road, the great guide was there before you. You turned away, slipped past the road blocks and chose to follow the enticer instead. Though pain lies before you, it must be as it is written. By your own choice, you may not enter the great kingdom,” the father ruled.

From the time we are old enough to reason, we have tried to blame others, genetics or numerous other excuses for our shortcomings. We have used crutches such as, “this is just the way that I am,” or “tragic upbringing” to circumvent responsibility for our actions,. When we are face-to-face with God, there are no crutches. He has given us the authority and awesome power to overcome, today, tomorrow and forever.  Though the enticer pulls us away, we must hold fast to God and His path of promises. It is our choice that must rule.  By God’s grace given to us through Christ, we can say “no” to what God deems as sin. When you truly pray, “Lead me not into temptation,” He will guide your way.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  – James 1:12

– Ann Reilley

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