Katrina has been devastating to three states, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That we all know.
Many are trying to fix the blame on the lack of responsiveness to the disaster in the immediate aftermath of the Hurricane.
I would suggest that we focus in on fixing the problem.
We assume responsibility and then focus on the solution.
That applies to our own lives as well.
A couple of years ago a woman filed a $1 million lawsuit against Dr Pepper. She had been chosen to participate in their halftime punt-catching promotion during a college football game. She didn't win, but it was, according to her suit, Dr. Pepper's fault.
She had been told she would receive three punts from a kick-simulation machine (catch one, $50,000; two, $250,000; all three, $1 million) and was told that the punts would come down in the general vicinity of the 50-yard line.
She missed all three because, she said, her they came down too far away: one landed on the 44, one landed on the 45, and one landed on the 42. Therefore, she argued, it was Dr. Pepper's fault that she didn't win $1 million.
Sometimes it's difficult for us to admit it's our fault.
It's difficult to admit the role we play in our failures, in our setbacks, and our sin. It's not easy to say: "I had a chance, but I blew it." Too often, instead of fixing the problem, we settle for fixing blame -- on anyone others than ourselves.
Whether it's in our relationships, our career, or our spiritual life, improvement (and, ultimately, mastery) begins with accepting responsibility for our own limitations, mistakes, and failures.
When faced with his own sin, King David said to God:
"I have sinned greatly... Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing." (1 Chronicles 21:8)
When you don't perform up to par; professionally, personally, or spiritually; you've got two choices.
You can fix the blame or you can fix the problem.
The first step in problem solving -- the first step toward wholeness; is taking responsibility.
From there, we begin moving forward.