Sometimes The Excuse Is All In Your Head
The word excuses more often than not carries a negative thought because it is often used in a negative manner. Excuses are easy to find so we naturally reach for any excuses we can come up with to explain why we do or did something; why we don't or did not do something; why we should or should not do something; why we say or said something; and the list goes on.
Excuse is very easy, not just because it's easy to find but because it is the most "rational" or "ear pleasing" response we can give to make a bad situation look better than it actually is. There were several people with excuse in the bible too and they were all as human as us. Here are a few examples:
- Moses in Exodus 4:10
- Jonah in Jonah 1:3
- The People in Luke 14:18
Isaiah is a biblical example but here are some other everyday examples that we can imitate so we can do our best without allowing negative excuses to take over our lives. If someone asked:
"What's your excuse for not attending a football game watch party last Sunday?"
- "The time conflicted with my worship time to meet with my fellow Christians. Hopefully we can plan it better next time."
- "I'm sorry and did not prioritize cleaning so I watched TV and played video games. I'm going to get it done right now and hope to do better next time."
I can hear some of you that are parents reading this right now and saying something like: "Yah right... Good luck with that."
I'm not saying this is what your kid(s) would say but yes, we can train them to prioritize and make less excuses as we ourselves try our very best to lead the way by examples for them to follow. If you are a result or solution driven person and you find yourself tied up in a place or a situation where the people around you are standing in the way of you maximizing your potential or talent, I'll suggest you either:
- Go somewhere else and make yourself useful;
- Surround yourself with new people that value productivity; or
- Do what you can to weave your way around the obstacles and do the best you can.
You always have to remember that a prophet mostly have no honor in their home. So when you are not welcome at your "home" aka where ever you call your base, don't get mad, just make yourself useful when you go outside because no one can stop you unless you let them stop you. They can be in your way but always remember that they are not your way. You see them as obstacles and you find your way around them.