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#BeMore - Accountable

05-04-2022 - John Scott | Romans 2:1-3

As a child in the 70?s, I was first introduced to the sport of basketball by my father. He admires the true greats of the game at that time. Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Bob Lanier and Julius Erving. By far, one of the best was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His fame started when he played college basketball at UCLA; coached by the great John Wooden.

From, John Robert Wooden is considered the greatest NCAA basketball head coach of all time. But many people knew him simply as coach. On the court, Wooden led the UCLA Bruins men?s basketball program to an impressive number of wins, with a 664-162 record, and was named NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times.

It would be difficult to argue with John Wooden?s resume as a basketball coach. Fortunately, one of his greatest attributes was his ability to teach, motivate and inspire! One of his many, many quoted statements was, ?You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.? That speaks to the expectation of personal responsibility.

In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote, ?You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God?s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God?s judgment?? Romans 2:1-3 NIV

We all know the clich? ?I?m only human.? It speaks to our sinful, subjective humanity. Sometimes, it?s used as a built-in excuse for poor behavior. As followers of Christ, we must choose wisely by being people of Godly character. Proverbs 28:13 tells us ?Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.? Be More in 2019 ? by taking responsibility for you and your circumstances. No blaming others for setbacks or mistakes. Let?s be great!

God Bless You!
J. W. Lee

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