One of the books written by Max Lucado is “The Applause of Heaven.” He tells the story of Robert Reed who said, “I have everything I need for joy!”
Lucado writes, “Amazing! I thought. Robert’s hand are twisted and his feet are useless. He can’t bathe himself. He can’t feed himself. He can’t brush his teeth, comb his hair, or put on his underwear. His shirts are held together by strips of Velcro. His speech drags like a worn-out audio cassette. Robert has cerebral palsy. The disease keeps him from driving a car, riding a bike, and going for a walk. But it didn’t keep him from graduating from high school or attending Abilene Christian University where he graduated with a degree in Latin. Having cerebral palsy didn’t keep him from teaching at a St. Louis Junior College or from venturing overseas on five missions trips.
And, Robert’s disease didn’t keep him from becoming a missionary to Portugal. He moved to Lisbon in 1972. There he rented a hotel room and began studying Portuguese. He found a restaurant owner who would feed him after the rush hour, and a tutor who would instruct him in the language. Then he stationed himself daily in a park, where he distributed brochures about Christ. Within six years he led seventy people to the Lord, one of whom became his wife, Rosa. I heard Robert speak recently. I watched other men carry him in his wheelchair onto the platform. I watched them lay a Bible in his lap. I watched his stiff fingers force open the pages. And I watched people in the audience wipe away tears of admiration from their faces. Robert could have asked for sympathy or pity, but he did just the opposite. He held his bent hand up in the air and boasted, ‘I have everything I need for joy.” His shirts are held together by Velcro, but his life is held together by joy, so writes Max Lucado.
Robert Reed is not a man who is looking at ‘who can I blame today’? Quite the opposite of this day we are living in. One group’s leader who is on the news much too often (whom I will refrain from naming by name) is quoted as saying the following. We are “now demanding payback for support of (name deleted by me) in the 2020 presidential election stated…..” “this is not the end at all, we want something for our vote!” IOW, “Who Can I Blame Today?”
Data by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed the number of people seeking support for suicidal thoughts has now gone from 80,298 to 232,271, as many of that number have tried to blame others for what often is their own personal issues that are being refused to look at, and then changed for the good. A similar increase is seen with those with anxiety disorders, going from 73,456 to 210, 931, and those needing help for self-harm tripled from 16,920, to 56,418. Referrals for eating disorders have also seen a 30% rise. How is it possible to rationally consider blaming others for you eating the entire dozen of sugar-glazed donuts in five-minutes!
The people of Israel had been wandering in the desert for years, but began to blame Moses…who had helped to deliver them from bondage…to now being the one they blamed for their own rebellion…even though they were standing at the border of the land promised to them by God.
When we try to cover up our own responsibility, we blame improperly. Blaming others means we don’t examine our self to see if we might be part of the problem, and is nothing short of destructive, rather than constructive, and can cause us to live as victims to circumstances or by way of another’s actions towards us. To admit we are responsible in areas where we are, places ownership on us and opens the door to finding a way out or through our circumstances.
Proverbs 16:2 (TLB) “We can always ‘prove’ we are right, but is the Lord convinced?” Those who were free of the Egyptians but still felt controlled by them might as well have gone on back to Egypt, rather than living in the freedom they had.
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie