Gideon was a coward.
Moses was a stutterer.
Oprah is black.
Beethoven became deaf.
I could go on and on…What do you see as a common thread in the sentences above? These were people who had an excuse to not succeed and yet they were able to overcome their obstacles and make an impact on this earth. I had heard this time and time again. Even personally, I started writing on marriage but my excuse was that I am not married so how will people take me seriously? I am sure you must have heard several “motivation speeches” and read a gazillion quotes about success and excuses.
However, none of it really hit home for me until this past Sunday. During morning church session, we were in the midst of praise when I observed one of the praise dancers take a quick “second” break to drink water. As she bent down, I observed that she had an inhaler next to her bottle of water. This really shocked me. I thought to myself, “well she must have some breathing issues and yet she is still dancing!” That deeply inspired me in my own small word. It was amazing to see a beautiful dancer who did not let her breathing issues become a stumbling block but instead used it in praising God! I don’t know about you but that makes me wonder if my excuses are really nothing but cop-outs? Do we use our excuses to tell God that He made a mistake? I certainly will not want to be on the bad side when God tells me on the judgment day that my excuses were no match for my greatness.
I guess in the words of Paul as written in I Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” We must give ourselves fully (with or without excuses) to the work of the Lord ( our purpose in God) because we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain (reward).
Take a moment and ponder over your life. What has God placed in your heart as your purpose? Now what is your excuse? Don’t mock God with your excuses.
Ps. I hope to catch the praise dancer next Sunday and take a picture with her for you to see!