When someone else screws up, there is a dark side within human beings that tends to come out. Anger, disappointment and frustration converge to form a lethal combination. If you don’t believe me, just spend a few minutes on twitter or any other social media outlet. Words filled with venom trash, trample and attempt to ruin the life of those at fault.
But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison, James 3:8.
A few nights ago in Philadelphia this atmosphere played out at the Wells Fargo Center. When the Flyers gave up 6 consecutive goals, three in the third period, some fans began to throw bracelets on to the ice used as a pre-game ceremony to honor their former owner Ed Snider. This behavior led to a delay of game, allowing the Washington Capitals to play the final seven minutes of the game on the power play. In the heat of the moment, people justify their reactions, blaming it on the person or team that screwed up.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear, Ephesians 4:29.
In life, we’ve all been on the losing side, the weakest link or the person to blame. When the shoe is on the other foot, its not fun being the scapegoat, the one everyone despises. Thus, whether you are the hero or the chump, its vital to remember the words of the apostle Paul. Stay positive during periods of failure is crucial to surviving these difficult times in life. May the encouragement of others build up and give those who screw up the grace to carry on.
by Jay Mankus