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06 February 2009

No 44 Landscape Hill Country
Contemporary Art Landscape Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

SOLD early this morning! Thank you. 2/06/2009
15 x 30 inches Oil on Canvas
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"The man said,' The woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.' Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' The woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'"
Genesis 3:12-13

The Blame Game

When this phrase first came to mind a few moments ago and I began to pray about it, a vast ocean of thought washed over me. Did you realize the blame game started with Adam and Eve, our first ancestors? Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve... How many years ago was that? And we still play it today. There are articles on natural disasters and who to blame...God? There are stories on women killing their children and who do they blame....God told them to do it. When spouses play the blame game they both lose. When you do something wrong the first thing most folks do is try to shift the blame on something or someone else. Sort of a human made game still happening today.

Taking ownership and responsibility for our actions is often difficult. It might reflect our sinning nature or our ability to actually do wrong if even by accident. Now in the midst of this huge financial crisis hitting the United States, the Blame Game is in full swing. Some folks are profiting off of it, some are losing their jobs and homes. Some are taking their own lives. Who are you blaming for this crisis?

If you turn your mind back to the bible to the story in Luke's Gospel about the unscrupulous tax collector named Zacchaeus, you would be reminded that Jesus' encounter with this man, by staying in his home, affected Zacchaeus deeply to a point that he changed his entire life around and transformed his ways. Jesus saw the good in Zacchaeus and most likely Zacchaeus was not accustomed to being treated as a valuable person.

We learn from this lesson that God's message of love and compassion is important to keep front and center in our own lives. Spiritual reformation can happen at any time and how you respond and treat others can actually trigger such miraculous changes. Look for the spiritual good in everyone. Meanwhile, take responsiblity for your own actions and each day as you do sin, look to the Father; He continues to smile at the good in you despite your missed steps.

If you are hurting or in a bad place right now, it is always easy to blame someone else for your situation, but that doesn't solve the underlying problem. Reach out to God and experience His Love. When you trade out your thoughts from the "blame game" and switch them to His praise, you will begin to feel better and see positive changes in your life.

Walk away from the Blame Game today. Step into God's light and love. Feel the difference.

With Simple Words of Praise and Thanks to the Father....
I leave you with joyful abundance.


"All the people saw this and began to mutter, 'He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.' But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.' Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.' " Luke 19: 1-10

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