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Excuses

July 29, 2017

We make excuses. We are good at making up excuses to and for ourselves, and handing them out to other people. We make up some reason that sounds good to us. A reasonable sounding concoction that lets us off the hook. Then we hand it out to others.

We are all guilty of it. We don't want to go to that event, so we make up a reasonable excuse. We decide we don't have what (we think) we really need to make a go of whatever, so we make an excuse. We don't have faith in our ability to complete a task, so we make up a good reasonable excuse. Making up reasonable alternatives that sound good in our heads.

Most of the time, the stories we are telling ourselves are full of holes. Holes that we aren't able or willing to see. We just don't know how to do whatever it is that we are supposed to do. We're afraid to speak about our fears, so we pack them up in excuses. We blame our circumstances, a lack of funds or equipment, or we might even find ourselves blaming other people. We may drag out old, tired, worn out excuses that have worked in the past. What we really are is afraid. We are afraid of the unknown potential and possibilities, so we make excuses and we procrastinate.

When we procrastinate and make excuses, we are only putting off the possible for the pointless. Tomorrow is still going to come. That thing you're putting off is still going to be there. The only hindrance between doing it today and doing it tomorrow (or next week or never) is you. We are so good at getting in our own way, that we don't even recognize it sometimes. Take a hard look. Decide. Don't put off today's choice for tomorrow. Choose today. No more excuses. Seize the day!

Luke 9:62
Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”
 

 

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