What’s your go-to excuse? You know, the one that you tell yourself when there’s something you’re meant to do, but that you just don’t want to do.
Most people, if they’re honest, have at least one excuse, actually probably many, many more that they use to get themselves out of all sorts of activities.
Some people tell themselves they’re too busy. They’re busy with work and their family, or other good things. They tell themself that those ‘good things’ will be affected negatively, even if they won’t. These ‘good things’ can become really great excuses, or so they tell themselves.
I meet a lot of people that tell me they’ve been really busy lately and that they’re tired. They use tiredness (whether they truly are, or not) to be their excuse.
Everyone has excuses.
We all have them, it’s just that some people tell themselves their excuse so often, that at least to them, the excuse becomes a legitimate reason not to do something.
But, excuses are only legitimate to the person making them.
Like anyone, I’ve made excuses in the past. I’ve committed to doing something and then changed my mind. In the process I’ve needed to come up with an excuse, something that my conscience could rest with. I’ve told myself that it’s okay because the excuse I’ve come up with sounded plausible.
The problem was, and always is, that excuses don’t in any way fulfill the obligations we commit ourselves to. The fact remains that excuses never get the job done.
The only thing excuses build is a bad reputation.
Jesus talked about excuses in Luke 14:16-24. He told the story of a man who sent his servants out to invite people to a banquet. Everyone had what they thought was a good excuse for why they couldn’t attend. It says;
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
I realise that this passage is not simply about making excuses, but it is a great example. It can remind us all that, even when we think our excuses are valid, they’re not.
Excuses are often stopping us from being a part of what God actually wants to do, in and through us.
As we approach the various activities that come our way, let’s determine to get rid of excuses. Let’s remove the options from our lives. Let’s be people that commit to serving the Lord with conviction and determination. Let’s not allow our feelings, our insecurities, or even our laziness, to stop us from getting the things done, that Jesus would want to be done.
Let’s be people who don’t make excuses, not to people, and especially not to God.
Over To You…
Has anyone given you an excuse that they thought was legitimate, but that you know was just their way of getting out of something? Add you thoughts and comments in the section below.