Excuses…I’m so good at making them that I even surprise myself sometimes. It’s like having verbal credit. You hold off on actually paying your bill while spending until there’s nothing left but a boatload of debt and nothing to show for it. Your friends and family can’t trust you to do what it is you say you’ll do so they don’t ask or lend you favors. Jobs won’t recommend you and no one will give you what you want…ha, high interest; and there’s no one to blame but yourself. You become the girl who cries “see what had happened was…” and that gets pretty old. Just ask your paper that didn’t get turned in on time and the team you let down and well, your credit score.
EXCUSES: Why I haven’t posted a blog on time in TWO weeks. I’ve been moving and running and trying to catch up on sleep and yaddy yaddy yadduh and have managed to go back on my word to post EVERY Wednesday. For that…I do apologize.
I’ve found that when we make excuses, a deeper issue or insecurity usually lies within the folds of our defaulted SLACKERISM (real word). At least for me.
I recently discovered that “No one is looking for it” was the reason behind my excuses to not “finishing”, “following through” and posting lately. I got comfortable in the absence of expectation from readers. I didn’t realize how detrimental that mindset was to the call of God on my life until I actually SAID it out loud. My desire to please God had turned into a need to please people and because no one was pressed over “my words”, I did not prioritize my responsibilities properly. I got impatient. How crazy is that? One lazy and insecure thought leads to one excuse that can change your entire course of direction and slow down a process that God is trying to have you (or someone else) reap from NOW.
I’m learning that every excuse I make is another opportunity for someone to have their Jesus moment/revelation missed because I slacked. Every time I’d make an excuse, I was not seeing the full picture and the greater opportunities I was squandering. In retrospect, justifying my slackerism (yes, again a real word) was more important than the mission and losing chances to reach souls. I wasn’t showing people that God is a God of completion and I wasn’t living and responding like a believer should be. This understanding is CRUCIAL to living out this thing for God because I’ll always come up with a reason to not get it done! The opportunities that I miss are not always mine but SOMEONE ELSE’S. Wow! God is so good for that moment of truth and revelation because this blog and many others were almost nonexistent.
Can you imagine what life would be like if Jesus took advantage of every chance to make up an excuse for why He couldn’t complete His mission here on earth? Can you imagine where we’d be if He decided His road to the cross was too much and walked away? Jesus could have opted out of fulfilling His mission that He KNEW led straight to a cross – but He didn’t. Not a mumbling word or excuse. Yet we make up silly excuses for why we can’t follow through on the simplest things…that usually lead to our success. No nails. No thorns.
We are missing out man… We are living void of so many outrageous experiences and highs of life because we are running from our duties. We’re running from the work.
There’s a parable in Luke 14: 15-24, “The Parable of the Great Supper” and it’s all about a King who throws a big banquet and invites all of these people who all one by one make lame excuses as to why they can’t attend. The king then responds with “none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.” They missed out and will never know the awesomeness of eating at the king’s table. They will never know the richness and quality of this specific meal. We’re missing what God wants us to have by procrastinating, looking for reasons to fail, and rationalizing why our minimal effort is enough.
If God has given you a vision or if you’re midway through completion of a good work or if you know that you have been making excuses to remain mediocre…I encourage you to examine the excuse. What are you afraid of? If you have never seen anyone in your family finish anything, tell God about it. Ask for drive that is spiritual and not based on physical ability. We can all do better and not make excuses why we can’t do something.
Let your yeas be yeas today and complete what God has called you to do…no excuses.
I love you through it!