Two small boys were talking about doctors and operations. One asked, “Why do doctors always wear masks when they do surgery?” After thinking about it the other boy answered, “That way if they mess up, the patient will not know who did it!” Truth is we are responsible for our actions, but so often we ignore this truth. A businessman was interviewing a prospective employee. He told the man, “What I need is someone who is responsible.” The potential employee stated “I’m the man. At my other job whenever something went wrong they always said I was responsible.”
In the Garden account we can read how Eve blamed the serpent for her sin. We also can read about Adam blaming Eve for his sin. When Moses came down off of Mount Sinai he found the people worshipping a golden calf. When Moses asked Aaron, he tried to pass the buck for his own actions. As we move through life we’d do well to remember we are not responsible for everything that happens, but we are responsible to how we respond to what happens. When you don't perform up to par professionally, personally, or spiritually you've got two choices. You can fix the blame or you can fix the problem by accepting responsibility. The first step toward spiritual wholeness is taking responsibility. From there, by God’s grace you can begin to move forward.