Stop Blaming 2020!
I’m currently staring at my written 2020 Planner and the last entry was March 13, 2020. One of the last tasks reads “research coronavirus plan.” I’m not sure why my last entry was that day, but I remember I had good intentions for 2020. I’ll always look back at 2020 as the year that I wish was not. There, I said it. I know God is always in control, but it doesn’t mean I was happy about the way He had allowed 2020 to shake out.
Yesterday I had a crazy thought — there are only two more days to blame 2020. There, I said that also. If there is one thing I can pat myself on the back for, it’s that I’ve learned a new habit (or maybe it’s an old one) of blaming people or circumstances rather than myself. If I recall properly, that’s what Adam and Eve did when they were caught in the first sin. Adam blamed “…the woman You [God] gave me” (Genesis 3:12). Eve blamed the serpent who deceived her (Genesis 3:13).
Without you thinking too deeply into what I’m about to say, I ask you to take it to heart. I know some of your minds are going to overthink this and you’ll be angry. I’m simply asking you to take it at face value without preconceived ideas or agendas. Ready? Good, you’re still here. I will forever remember 2020 as the year we became experts at blaming people or circumstances. Or maybe another way we could describe 2020 is The Year of Finger Pointing. Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Have you allowed 2020 to be the year that you want everyone and everything else to change, but you haven’t first looked to change your own heart? Are you sitting at home blaming people or circumstances for the “mess” we’re in? I believe blame-shifting and finger-pointing have become our default.
What’s the solution? Frankly, it’s quite simple. Instead of me trying to reinvent how true change takes place, all of us would benefit from the Apostle Paul’s words, “…I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”(Romans 12:1–2, NLT).
According to Paul, transformation and life change only take place through YOU 1) surrendering your body to God, 2) refusing to follow the behavior patterns of the world, and 3) allowing God’s words to change your thinking. Changing the world doesn’t begin by blaming or shaming others. Changing the world doesn’t begin with blaming the circumstance. If you want true and lasting change, begin with yourself…and I’ll take it a step further — die to self and live to God (Galatians 2:20). “The believer’s old self is dead, having been crucified with Christ. The believer’s new self has the privilege of the indwelling Christ empowering him and living through him.” — John MacArthur
Get all of your blaming out. You only have two more days to blame and shame 2020. It’s time for true and lasting change to take place in the days ahead. Will you join me?