Seriously Shut your mouth already! Spoken like a true Christian, right?
Ugh –  I need to get this off my chest…
In my line of work I meet many, many people from all walks of life.  I hear  many conversations.  Some I would rather not. Recently I have noticed more of those conversations are people needing to blame someone, anyone else for _________ wrong thing, wrong result, wrong whatever.
Complain and blame.  Yuck and double yuck.
Reality check – sometimes it is your kid and mine who is the slacker, a smart-a**, at fault, a jerk, just plain mean.
Just like sometimes it is us.  Most of us are awesome, plank-eyed saints.
Matthew 7:3-5
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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Instead of teaching our children how to NOT take responsibility for anything, why not teach them mercy for others.  Model it, drowned in it.  Choke on it and while you are remember there is someone else out there choking on mercy because of you. True Story.  
Ok maybe choke is a little strong.  I’m really passionate about this and I say all this in love, really.   
I feel it is my duty, your duty, our responsibility to raise-up decent, productive citizens.  People who will leave the world better than they found it.  How will they be able to accomplish this if we consistently blame their less than spectacular performance on the teacher, the school, the environment, the circumstance, the weather…
Still loving on you…
I know there are times when someone else is to blame.  If we are honest, those times are few and far between.  Most situations are a culmination of the actions of all parties – own it. Deal with it. It will make you better, stronger, kinder.
If we spent more time assigning blame for the good stuff that happened, the not so good would be less and less noticeable. 
SIDE NOTE – This sounds a lot like Micah 6:8 – Do.Love.Walk
Do justly (the right thing) Love Mercy (Go above and beyond) Walk (Be an example).
It, the not so good, will still need to be dealt with, wisely, but like Momma says, “You get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar”
Before the 1,2,3
I’m leaving you with two video links today:
Casting Crowns – Jesus friend of sinners
Third Day – Your love is like a river – just heard this and LOVE it.
So what’s the 1,2,3?
#1 Blame is mostly pointless
#2 Solutions/ personal responsibility SO not pointless
#3 See 1 and 2
Teach your kids the same.

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