Sometimes The Excuse Is All In Your Head

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Abraham Inetianbor
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
We all make excuses but this doesn't mean all our excuses are valid or necessary. Are there "good" excuses? Yes, I believe there are but they are often referred to as the truth, the solution or the right answer. Isaiah found an excuse to go for God by saying: "Here am I. Send me!" - Isaiah 6:8.
Abraham InetianborIsaiah 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? Your answer, if you are a Christian will be something like: "The time conflicted with my worship time to meet with my fellow Christians. Hopefully we can plan it better next time."
Parent - "You did nothing all day so why didn't you clean your room?" Kid - "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."
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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. Talent is a gift not to be buried like Jesus made clear in the parable of the talents. It is not earned so stay humble and do everything you can to leave this world a better place than you found it. Every one has a talent in one way, shape or form. Some people may not appreciate you sharing your talent because they see it as a threat to their ego is in the way. You always have to remember that a prophet mostly have no honor in their home. So when you are not welcome at your "home" a.k.a 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.

People 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. 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 by doing the best you can.
Abraham Inetianbor
In a scriptural context, I'm getting tired of us (myself included) minimizing sin by playing the "human card." The human card is mostly used to dismiss or minimize sin (John 15:22). I've played the human card in the past and continue to play it. The difference now is, I no longer use it to minimize or dismiss sin. I use it to explain sin and then correct when need be. Sometimes I still find myself playing the human card to minimize sin but then I quickly rebuke myself and use it for the better. We cannot continue to excuse our way out of every situation.

God knows we are humans before sending His son to die in our place. He knows we are humans when he told apostle Paul "My grace is sufficient for you." When Adam listened to one voice (God), he was sinless for a while until the devil's voice came in the picture. The devil knows our weak point and will continue to attack. Through Adam came sin and through Jesus came life; life back to God. And when we make it back to God, the devil will no longer be there because the devil has been defeated at resurrection so we can go back to God to live a sinless and happy life forever. Let us focus on making progress and doing better instead of unnecessary excuses (Acts 17:30-31).

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