I have been blessed to know that if you go around looking for excuses not to do or be what you want you will find them. A few years ago someone introduced me to the concept of YAHOO (You Always Have Other Options) and my life will never be the same because I know that wherever I find a hole, I will move around and continue to my destiny.
My heart always sinks when someone tells me that they are not doing ABC because of XYZ. Believe me they are always well thought out, legitimate reasons; and they will keep you back if you let them. Excuses are nothing but a human flaw designed to keep us from doing our best, I don’t know how that is but it just is.
In John 5, there’s a story about a man who I believe represents a lot of people who refuse to change and make excuses to justify it. During a Jewish feast in Jerusalem, Jesus visited the Bethesda pool where sick people gathered, hoping to get healed. One of the people waiting to get healed was a man who had been crippled for 38 years. When Jesus saw him, He asked if he wanted to be healed.
To me, the man’s answer tells us why he hadn’t been healed in 38 years. He said, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.” Bottom line, the man was avoiding responsibility.
His second problem was that he blamed others (made excuses). The man said, “While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
How did Jesus respond? Jesus didn’t feel sorry for him. Instead, Jesus said, rather sternly, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” For change to occur in your life you can’t be a prisoner of your circumstances and you cannot make excuses. You just have to decide to take action…to take responsibility…to find a way.
I don’t have enough money (find out how much world billionaires started out with)
I don’t have the right education (find out how educated world billionaires are)
Our people are not ready (the most irritating)
God has entrusted you with unique gifts why aren’t you using them. Maybe you don’t have enough budget…what CAN you do with the budget you have right now? Maybe you don’t have the right training…what CAN you do about that?
My favourite scripture whenever I feel tempted to give in to lameness is Exodus 4:2 when God asks Moses: “What is that in your hand?” “A staff” he replied. And God used that stick to part seas and bring water from rocks. God will start with what is in your “hand” even when it seems insignificant. “What is in your hand, Moses?” This was God’s response to Moses’ ample excuses about why he was not qualified to lead Israel out of slavery to Egypt
I hope that today you take time to list those things that you know should be done then examine what is in your hand and see God bless you.