Each Monday on the Pure Purpose blog, I feature This Week’s 7, a simple list about an everyday topic, giving you ideas and encouragement. This week’s list includes common excuses people make when they want to avoid something. Yes, sometimes these excuses can be valid reasons, but how often do you rationalize something as a reason when it’s actually an excuse?
- I don’t have time. You make time for the things you want to do. Call it what it is. It’s not a priority for you. If you make something a priority, you’ll find the time.
- I’m not feeling it. Emotions shouldn’t drive decisions. Emotions enhance experiences, but obedience and faith are the foundation of actions, whether you’re feeling a moment of inspiration or not.
- Someone else will do it better. Yes, they will. You’re likely not the best in the world at anything. It’s okay. God knows everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. He created you for community, and he fits all the pieces together.
- I need to wait until I have a better plan. Strategy is important. God created us as rational, thinking beings, and he wants us to use what he gave us. But we can twist what he gave us, relying too much on our reason instead of our relationship with him. Sometimes the details are revealed along the journey.
- I’m afraid. Failure, judgment, risk. Fear is real, but it’s sometimes not an accurate reflection of where you are or need to be. Identify the reason behind your fear. If it’s valid, deal with it and move on. If it’s not, set it aside and move on.
- It’s too late. Who says? It might seem too late. Someone might say it’s too late. But is it, really? Last time I checked, God was the only one who could determine perfect timing with absolute accuracy.
- I don’t like it. You’re not going to be able to throw a party in celebration of everything going on in your life, unless you want to plan a series of pity parties. Choose obedience. Try it; you might like it.
My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. Galatians 5:13