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Pinning the Tail
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As a child I remember getting an odd shaped present for my 5th birthday. Upon opening the package from my grandparents I found a large picture of a donkey mounted to a cork board with several accompanying donkey tails.

My friends and I then blindfolded each other, one at a time, and the person who was 'it' then had to try to pin their tail where it was supposed to go on the donkey. It didn't help that each of us was turned around three times in a row as if we were some kind of spinning top. Needless to say, we were just fortunate to get those tails close to where they should go. I'm nearly 60 years old now and I still remember the fun we had that day.

Through the years I've learned that pinning the tail on the donkey is a lot like something else that happens in life. Sometimes people try to pin the blame on one another, and even on God at times. Rather than take the blame ourselves, we sometimes try to shift a bit of it elsewhere, or occasionally, we even try to dump the whole load on an unsuspecting victim.

Dumping Blame
  • Maybe we're not accepted into a certain school we wished to attend. - "It's all the teachers' fault that I didn't make it!"
  • Perhaps we didn't get the promotion we sought at work. - "The boss just doesn't like me! He's got his favorites!"
  • Sometimes we blame things on our spouse. - "If she would just be more careful with our finances, we wouldn't be in this fix!"
Casting the blame on others has been something man has engaged in ever since the beginning of time.
  • Adam - "Now look God, it wasn't me. It was this woman that YOU gave me that got me into trouble!"
  • Eve - "Oh, now God! It wasn't me. It was that charming little snake that YOU made!"
  • Satan - "It's these rules and laws that YOU made God!"

Down through the ages, things haven't changed much. We're still blaming each other and we often find ourselves blaming God as well. Perhaps it would help in our little game of  “Pin the Blame”, if we were to remove our blindfold, stop spinning around, and look in the mirror. Some of the blame, we pin on God and others, should instead be pinned on that guy or gal we see looking back at us in the mirror.

The Bible says: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).

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