We all have our favorite excuses why we haven’t done the things we know we should do. Taking risks, expanding our horizons, making significant life and habit changes – all of these things are held back by our favorite excuses:
* I’m comfortable with the way things are, so I don’t really need to change.
* I’ll probably fail, so why even try?
* It’ll take too long to change.
* People will criticize me if I try this.
As I write in my book, I Blew It!, excuses are perpetual blinders. With them, we can stay stuck for a lifetime. When we find the courage to open our eyes to the truth, amazing things can happen. To make real change a reality in our lives, we have to be willing to get rid of every excuse we’ve used in the past.
Excuses aren’t unique to people today. When God called Moses, he had all kinds of reasons he couldn’t step up and be the leader of God’s people. God told Moses he was the one who would lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt to the Promised Land.
It’s time to eliminate your excuses and your rationalizations. Make a declaration: I’m not going to live by my excuses any longer! After Moses had given God multiple reasons why he couldn’t lead Israel out of slavery, Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it” (Exodus 4:13). As it turns out, all of his excuses were only smoke screens. The real issue was that Moses flat out did not want to do what God had called him to do.
Is that you? Have you been making excuses to cover up the fact that you’re unwilling to do what God has called you to do? It’s time to be honest. Be honest and trust God to change your life.