"And I am convinced and sure of this very doing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ, right up to the time of His return, developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”
Do you keep a pocket full of excuses? A lifetime of quick retorts to get you out of certain things that make you uncomfortable?
Years and years of coming face to face with adversity develops a thick hide. And once the years pass, it is much easier to add a flippant excuse rather than waste your breath trying to change minds.
But one of the reasons many people do not enjoy life, miss out on some of the blessings God wants to give them, or feel badly about themselves is that it is often easier to drop what you started when things get frustrating. In this respect they never taste the joy of accomplishing a goal or fulfilling a desire because they do not press past those challenges that hinder their progress. Most of us won't say, "I'm a quitter, " so we make excuses or blame the failure on something else.
Everyone has pocket of excuses that is an invisible accessory we carry around with us at every given moment. Then when something arises that makes us uncomfortable we dig into that back pocket and come out with an appropriate excuse such as:
- That is just too hard
- I don't have enough time
- This isn't in my plans for today
- I have too much going on right now to take this on
- I have never done this. In fact, I don't know anyone else who has
- I have no one to help me with this
I urge you to reach back there right now and let those excuses find refuge in the wind. Don't be limited by these excuses any longer. Trade them for the confidence, "I can do whatever God calls me to do." Whenever you feel like reaching into that back pocket say, "I can do this."
Stop looking at all your weaknesses, because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. It is through our weakness that God shows His strength. God actually chooses people on purpose who cannot do what He is asking them to do unless they allow him to intercede. You don't need ability; you need to be available to God and solid on a "can-do" attitude to make progress.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Throw away my excuses."
Help me to meditate: I can do anything with your help, God.
Teach me to not use my excuse pocket.
Remind me that I can not do it alone.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.