Hey everyone! How are you all today? Up here, we’ve finally gotten some hints of autumn. The temperature has dropped some, and I don’t think I’ll be swimming in the river any time soon. The last two weeks have gone by really fast, and I’m glad to say that I’m nearly better (that bronchitis was a clingy one). Ah, life goes on.
I feel kind of bad that I didn’t have an actual post last week, but I was sick right? Being sick is a good excuse of course. Ah. Excuses, they’re so easy to come up with.
All to Easy
I don’t know about you, but excuses are so easy to come up with. If you don’t want to do something, I’d bet most of us could come up with an excuse in a flash. I myself often formulate excuses all the time for things I’d rather not do. Unfortunately, I think we’ve become too comfortable and complacent with how “instinctive” we are when it comes to excuses.
Now, I’m sure a lot of us don’t give into every single excuse that pops into our heads. If that happened, we’d never get anything productive done. However, part of the problem is that we think about it so easily. I think it should be a concern for us when we see how we’re prone to it. It was a disappointment for myself when I realized how much it happens to me.
I’ve looked in the past, and it’s crazy how much I automatically come up with an excuse.
That’s a problem.
Excuses and Reasons
Before I get too far, I’m not against good reasons. Legitimate reasons are real, and they’re different from excuses. Not running because you have a broken leg is not an excuse, it’s a legitimate reason not to do it.
Excuses on the other hand, are generally backed by the wrong motive; to get out of something or lessen the consequences. Motive is key in this case.
I can’t say for everyone, but at least for me, slothfulness is behind a lot of excuses. I’m tired, disinterested, what I have to do is distasteful, or I simply don’t want to do what I’m supposed to do. As I’m writing this, I could come up with a several excuses not to write this blog post. However, these excuses stem from laziness, and that’s no good.
I’m no expert in gardening, but I do know that an untended garden means weeds. The same is true for excuses. Maybe it’s because we don’t think about, or maybe we just don’t care, but if we don’t fight against the bad habit of excuses, it’s only going to thrive. That’s what happened to me, and I think it’s because I didn’t fight against it.
I’d be missing something if I didn’t mention that our sin nature is the root of excuses. Because we are fallen, we are going to lean towards excuses. Likewise, like many sins we are prone to, we have to be actively resisting and fighting. We have to “tending” and making sure that we don’t let those “weeds” thrive.
Excuses are a sign of slothfulness, and Scripture does not speak highly of it (Proverbs 12:24, 15:9, 6:6). I’ll confess, this is an area that I could use a bit of work in, and I think it’s something a lot of us should consider examining in our own lives. If we look at Jesus’ life, we can see clearly that His life was void of excuses. He was faithful in all His work, even unto the cross (Philipians 2:8, John 12:49).
Getting rid of this habit isn’t going to be easy, but by actively fighting it and being aware, excuses don’t have to be such a daily part of our lives. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to stop making excuses and break the habit.
How about you? Do you struggle with excuses? Have you been making a lot of excuses? Do you think this is relevant? Is making excuses a habit or just an occasional thing for you? Has making excuses become normal? Does it bother you? I’ve love to hear from you as always! Just comment below.