This week, we have witnessed in horror the incredibly tragic floods in Queensland, Australia.

Unfortunately, in the midst of the destruction and loss of life, there have been individuals who have tried to find a scapegoat for such events, attempting to find someone to blame.  From the state government’s dam policy  to Kevin Rudd’s foreign policy, theories have been created with little to no factual evidence to support them.

Apportioning blame for such events is pointless and self-aggrandizing.  It focusses attention in the wrong places, on the problem, not the solution.

It’s an unnecessary distraction, but unfortunately playing the blame game is one that we can all fall into the trap of playing.

Of course, there are times when someone is obviously to blame and they need to be dealt with, but I’m talking about those occasions when we instinctively try to reach conclusions before we know the full story or have all of the facts.

When something goes wrong in life, do you immediately focus on finding out who to blame, going on unnecessary witch hunts or do you ensure that your full attention is on finding a solution to your situation?

It’s easier to play the blame game because it doesn’t take much work to come up with a theory, but it does take energy to devise meaningful solutions and take action.

By all means, learn from the experience and make sure that you aren’t exposed to unnecessary risk, but don’t take the soft option of pointing fingers every time life throws you a curve ball.

Whilst it’s called the blame game, it’s no fun for anyone.  Those placing blame look silly and those being blamed can become distracted from their task and end up covering their tracks rather than doing great work.

The events in Queensland are nothing short of tragic and all attention should be focussed on assisting those who have lost loved ones, houses, possessions and livelihood.

If you would like to donate to the flood relief appeal, click here for details.

To those who are directly impacted by the floods, please be assured of our prayers and support during these times of crisis.

To the state and federal governments, welfare groups, churches and other organisations who are involved with assisting those in need, thanks for all that you are doing, we appreciate your efforts and hope that you are not distracted by side issues, but focussed on meaningful solutions.

I know that the people of Queensland are resilient and resourceful and will recover from their situation.  I pray that the situation gets better soon so that the clean-up process (physically and psychologically) can begin in earnest.

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