Last week I came across a blog written by a late twenty-something male from another country (not the USA). One of his statements caught my attention like the last chocolate chip cookie on a plate of crumbs.
It seemed very obviously flawed, but perhaps I was missing something. To be safe I ran it past my wife Susan – she saw it too.
Later, at the dinner table, I tossed it out to get a response from my kids. We’re talking twin 17-year-old girls and two guys; 15 years old and almost 12 years old. Yep! They saw it too! Here it is…
“I believe in destiny. If I fail, it’s because of destiny only. If I succeed, it’s because of my own efforts only.”
Go ahead, read it again. Notice anything peculiar?
Destiny, however that might be defined, is to blame for failure but success is due to personal effort alone! I.e. – I’m not to blame if it goes wrong, but I get the credit if it goes right! No responsibility, no blame, no guilt… no problem!
ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
Certainly there are events and circumstances in life beyond our control, but to use something or someone else as the excuse for our failings is sad on many, many levels. But it’s not new!
When confronted with his sin Adam pointed to Eve and told God, “That woman you gave me…” Eve followed suit and said, “The serpent deceived me…”
Many years ago a newspaper in England ran a question for the public to consider - “What is wrong with the world?”
G.K. Chesterton, a well-known Christian, replied with a letter to the editor that read, “I am.”
Until we admit our sin and brokenness, God’s grace will be powerless to transform us. And if we don’t change, how can the world change?
May God’s grace empower us to own our own shortcomings!