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Loser's Limp If you watch sports – you will see it A football player is running free to the end zone to score a touchdown. One on the other team is chasing after him About 15 yards from the end zone it is hopeless, so the chaser pulls up and begins to limp off the field like he pulled a major muscle and can't run. This is called “Loser's Limp”
Could you; Would you? Say on Judgment Day: My wife made me do it. It was because of my repressive childhood. My dad beat me as a child. I was born the wrong – color, genes, culture, country Blame – church, school, society, government
“It's Not My Fault” Pete Hamell wrote in Reader's Digest about, what he called, the “victimism” of America. The idea is that wrong behavior is not one's own responsibility, but is rather the fault of someone else. If one has problems, there must be someone else who is to blame.
“It's Not My Fault” Hamell says this “implies that nobody is personlly responsible for the living of life. The defeats, disappointments and failures once thought to be a part of each human being's portion on this earth are now always the fault of somebody else.” Drop out of school, can't find a job, fired from their job, can't pay their bills, steal cars, on drugs, divorced (4 times) – all are somebody else's fault.
“It's Not My Fault” Holes in the wall of the apartment – Why doesn't the landlord fix this? Shifting blame is not new. Genesis 3:12-13 12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
“It's Not My Fault” THE REAL PROBLEM: MANY START TO BELIEVE THEIR OWN EXCUSES.
They lose in their society Rapist can't stop – has too much libido Man had his stomach stapled to lose weight – went to nurse's station and ate food from their refrigerator – then sued the hospital because a refrigerator was too close to his room Smokers sue tobacco companies Sue McDonald's for hot coffee School shootings – blame society, social workers, parents, teachers – everyone but the shooter
They lose in their personal lives Poem by Anna Russell I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed To find out why I killed the cat and blackened my husband's eyes. He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find, And here is what he dreged up from my subconscious mind;
They lose in their personal lives When I was one, my mommy hid my dolly in a trunk, And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk. When I was two, I saw my father kiss the maid one day, And that is why I suffer now from kleptomaina.
They lose in their personal lives At three, I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers, And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers. But I am happy; now I've learned the lesson this has taught; That everything I do that's wrong is someone else's fault.
They lose in their personal lives Alcoholics, Pedophiles, Homosexuals Thieves, Murderers, Drug Addicts Fornication, Adultery, Divorce Many think that they can't help the weakness and sin in their lives.
They lose in their personal lives 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
They lose in their personal lives The first step in change is accepting responsibility for our actions The first step in AA (and similar programs) – Admit that you have a problem. Shifting blame makes us losers in our society It also makes us losers in our personal lives.
We also lose with God Salvation demands repentance Repentance requires an admission that I need to make changes in my life, behavior and actions On Judgment Day – We can not blame – parents, spouse, preacher, society, school, social workers, neighborhood, government
Way of Escape 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Way of Escape 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Revelation 2:10 Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Do you have loser's limp? Are you a blame shifter? An excuse maker? What are your reasons for not doing what you know you should be doing?
Do you have loser's limp? When are you going to stop the excuses? Will you accept responsibility for your actions? THINGS CAN NEVER GET BETTER UNTIL YOU DO!