Why do we feel the need to make excuses?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Laura Schlessinger once said, “People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others make excuses.”You know most of us are good at picking from a wide range of excuses to limit our own capabilities. That’s true in almost every area of our life from going to the gym to studying for an exam. We might make an excuse for not reaching out to those in need or for not putting God first in our life. Listen guys excuses are the primary reason we are unable to accomplish what we want or even what God wants for our life. Excuses will always work against us, they can hold us back and leave us in a cycle of procrastination. They are that inner voice within that tells us we’re not good enough, worthy enough, capable enough — and therefore we should make an excuse or deflect so we can get the attention or focus off ourselves and on to someone else or something else. So I what us to that all of this negative self-talk is of no value, in fact it can keep us paralyzed in our own fears. 

 Do you ever make an excuse? Silly question I know because I think we all do at times and as I said excuses can create problems in our life and hold us back from what God wants to accomplish in us.  The definition of an excuse is “a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.” We make excuses for all sorts of things. There are excuses for why a person can’t get the job they want, or why debt can’t be paid off, or why they need to buy that brand new car, or why they can’t improve their lives, and on and on it goes. Listen, excuses are a waste of time, they won’t fix our problems, they hold us back, and they are not going to help us in the future. 

Do you believe God really loves you the exact way your are? Why?

How would Jesus respond to your “reasons”?

Are excuses holding you back? If so, what do you plan to do about it?

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