You know how when you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, it always breaks? And if you ignore that stupid little gas-pump-shaped light on your dashboard, the car will run out of gas 100% of the time. And almost without fail, if you walk up to a really big dude and call him a “pansy,” you are going to get punched in the face. Really hard.
You can’t blame the egg for breaking, since it has a paper thin shell that isn’t designed to be dropped. It really doesn’t make much sense to yell at your car when it sputters to a stop because you forgot to put gas in it. And I don’t need to explain the whole “big pansy” cause-and-effect, do I?
So why is it that I keep hearing men whining about marriages, jobs, and mortgages, while simultaneously verbalizing exactly zero responsibility? I hear a bunch of hapless and helpless victims. If we are who we say we are, it’s time to stop playing the victim and it’s time to start seeing how we may have contributed to our own disaster. Shut down the pity party!
How about a little rundown of some real-life examples?
None of my friends like me, so I just avoid hanging with those jerks.
Really? If every one of them doesn’t like you, then maybe it’s time to take a good look at the common denominator in all of those relationships. When we keep getting bad reviews, we need to look in the mirror. It ain’t them. It’s us.
I keep praying for God to change my wife.
Come on, man. Have you ever taken a hard look at 1 Peter 3:7? God isn’t interested in our prayers to change the other person. His desire is to change us into the image of His Son.
I keep praying for provision, but God isn’t listening.
Since when did we become God? Were we there when He laid the foundations of the earth? It’s not common reading, but take ten minutes and read Job 38. Then pray and wait as He opens doors.
I can’t find a job. No one ever calls me. These companies suck.
Ever been hunting? You stalk the prey and kill it. The deer is NOT going to walk into your living room and say, “Man, I’ve been looking for you. Please shoot me.” That’s why it’s called “job hunting.” Be relentless. Go out and kill the job. Call them back until they are sick of hearing your voice on the other end of the phone.
You want one from the Bible? Try King Saul in 1 Samuel 15. After God specifically tells Saul to go kill ALL of the Amalekites (men, women, kids, hamsters, etc.), he decides to keep some of the best animals. Samuel shows up and asks Saul why he didn’t follow God’s command. Saul’s answer? He blames his soldiers. He owns precisely none of it, in spite of being the king over everyone.
We are only responsible for us, not the other guy. Blaming them, while accepting no personal responsibility ourselves, is just ridiculous. It’s high time we took our eyes off of the other guy and started focusing on ourselves. And on God.
Friends don’t like you?
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1
Wish you had a better marriage?
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? – Matthew 7:3
Playing a good church game, but things going wrong?
Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? – 1 Samuel 15:22
Bottom line? Quit whining about the other guy. It’s not always the other person’s fault. We can only control how we respond. You weren’t dealt a bad hand, and not everyone is out to get you. When will the pity party end?
You are a soldier and a son of the Most High God. It’s time to start acting like one.