(Photo credit: Shovelling Son)
Jenny’s favourite word at the moment is naughty – everything is naughty and gets told off (I wonder where she learnt that???). What I have noticed is that she is incredibly quick to blame and scold others for everything – especially when it was actually her doing.
When she trips over anything she goes back to the object or spot on the ground, gives it a smack and calls it naughty. Last night she was bouncing around the living room, tripped over her Dad’s feet and then proceeded to scold naughty Daddy.
I remember going to the cinema when I was little to see one of the Superman films (yes a long time ago – I think it was Superman iv!). We took my friends little sister for her first every cinema trip. After the previews she stood up to go home not realising the film had not even started. When she sat down her seat had sprung up so she landed on the floor. She immediately stood up and shouted at her sister for moving her chair. We are so quick to point the finger and blame. ‘I’m hurt and it is your fault’ even though the wound is often self-inflicted.
Adam even went for the same ploy when trying to talk God round after the fall:
Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Did you notice that – finger pointing and excuses right at the start of sin? Adam said God it was the woman you made’s fault. Really he was saying God it is your fault! How quick we are to pass the blame and point the naughty finger.
Instead we need to examine ourselves and point to ourselves.
Psalm 139: 23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Lord, help me control my naughty finger and help me to take responsibility for my actions, good or bad.
If you want a sermon that deals in part with finger pointing I really found this one helpful by Chuck Warnock