Imageare there times in our lives, when we are too close to a situation to see it clearly?  that we get distracted with thing, while important, is not primary?

when hearing some of the reaction to the penn state issues, and there are many at play, i think that this is some of what’s happening.  there is a lot of emotion flowing on both sides.  and i certainly understand the feeling surrounding an iconic leader and athletics hold a place in my heart as well.  however, we cannot forget or choose to overlook the the responsibility of those who are in leadership & the accountability they must be held to.

i also heard it said just this morning that the sins of the father are passed down & accountability is not just brought to one generation, or in this case one class of players.  the penalties handed down do, at first glance, feel unfair to students & coaches that had nothing to do with what happened in years past.  but when people make mistakes there are ripple affects.

really, at the root of all this is the ability to tell the truth about ourselves, the organizations & even the families we belong to.  paul writes these words:

Ephesians 4:14-16 (MSG)

No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—

can you, can i, in the midst of difficult, trying, emotional times tell the truth about what is happening?  if not, perhaps we’re too close to the forest.  if we recognize this, that is if we can tell the truth about our ability [or in-ability] to see things as they are, perhaps we need to reflect on solomon’s words in proverbs13 [how the wise seek counsel & the foolish rely on themselves].

all of this begins with our ability to acknowledge that we may be too emotionally involved to see things clearly.  there may be a strong need to invite another’s perspective & allow them to tell us what they see.