Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” He said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. John 9:1-3

To blame others for our own problems is the height of futility. Yet blaming others is a favorite human pastime. Why? Because blaming is much easier than fixing, and criticizing others is so much easier than improving ourselves. So instead of solving our problems legitimately (by doing the work required to solve them) we are inclined to fret, to blame, and to criticize, while doing precious little else. When we do, our problems quite predictably, remain unsolved.

So, instead of looking for someone to blame, look for something to fix, and then get busy fixing it. And as you consider your own situation, remember this: God has a way of helping those who help themselves, but He doesn’t spend much time helping those who don’t.

A Prayer for Today

Dear Lord, when I make a mistake, and I will, I want to admit it. Help me not blame others for the mistakes that I make. And when I make a mistake, help me to learn from it. Amen.

Adapted from "Courage for my Daily Walk"

Happy Birthday To The Following Shipmates Who Were Born in July:

Bognar, Deal, Farr, Fox, Freshour, Gunnis, Hazard, Higgins, Jenkins, Jones, Keller, Kennedy, Leal, Menefee, Owens, Petersen, Scott, Simpo, Smith Gordon, Smith Pinckney, Snyder, Stanfield, Stoll, Whatley