Blame and Credit

It’s official. I am now planning to retire in the year 2156. Tough day on Wall Street today.

As I watch everyone scrambling to assess blame for some of our nation’s current malaise, a quote comes to mind: “If you blame others for your failures, do you credit them with your success?”


Arnold Bennett also said, “There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.”

 

There is plenty of blame to go around. We could blame lenders, borrowers, Republicans, Democrats, the President, Congress, Corporate Executives, and a host of others. We have and will. No one is accepting blame, but when things reverse course, the credit will be accepted gladly by whoever has the microphone. The blame game cripples teams…and nations. Something definitely got messed up. More important than whodunit right now is whofixit?

In the church world, those most responsible for being helpful are often the last to accept the credit. May it be the same in our nation. Time to work together. Time to be quiet. Time to get after it. Time to put others first. As an old friend of mine once said, “It’s amazing what can get done when no one cares who gets the credit.”

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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