Kate said excuse.
Verb or noun? Hmm…where shall I go? I believe I’ll pick noun.
- something offered as justification or as grounds for being excused
- excuses plural : an expression of regret for failure to do something
- a note of explanation of an absence
Procrastinators are the epic excuse makers.
- I was too busy
- I didn’t know what to do
- It cost too much
- I couldn’t make up my mind
- There were so many choices
Excuses Change Futures
Do you remember the Bible story about the rich, young ruler? It can be found here. He made an excuse, which changed his future and his eternity. AND, I’m sure it was an excuse he is still thinking about two thousand years later.
Looking at him, Jesus showed love to him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But he was deeply dismayed by these words, and he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10.21-22
A Feeble Excuse
Rich, the young rich ruler, used such a feeble excuse. I own a lot of property so I can’t follow you, Jesus.
He was a wise, obedient young man. He honored his parents. He followed Torah. But, the one thing Jesus asked him to do, he could not do.
Go, sell all your earthly goods and give to the poor, and follow Me – and, when you do that? Your treasure will be in heaven.
If Rich had done that? He would have been rewarded 100 times over – he would never have looked back. But you see, his excuse was he couldn’t imagine living “without.” O! Rich, you made such a huge, bad decision.
What’s Our Excuse?
Some people think they have to clean up to be born anew. Some think their sin is too big or bad for God to forgive. Some think later on they will follow Him.
I had an excuse way back in 1982 – I was hurt. I was devastated. I was mad at God. He supplied so much grace but one day, He stood over me and said, “No more excuses, Susan. Choose me now.” I did and I have NEVER regretted it for one moment.
Do You Have An Excuse?
There’s no real excuse for this.
Lisa Blair says
What a beautiful testimony, “God supplied so much grace but one day, He stood over me and said, ‘No more excuses, Susan. Choose me now.’ I did and I have NEVER regretted it for one moment.”
Lisa, FMF #13 Excuse Her
Lisa, true story. So glad I made no more excuses!
Excuses change futures. So very very true!! Deirdre FMF#1
Wayne Winquist says
” I’m sure it was an excuse he is still thinking about two thousand years later.” Sadly, unless he changed his mind later, he is still regretting his short-sighted thoughts about what was really of value. Good reminder for everyone, including me!
Including all of us!
Paula Short says
Amen Susan. So wonderfully spoken. I appreciate your words here. Blessings.
Selah. Love that Hebrew word!
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
Yeah, I’ll maybe get to it,
I’m sure to find a way,
but You’ll have to wait a bit;
there’s much to do today!
I should up and follow You,
but now, that won’t suit me,
for I need to follow-through
all the plans that I have made
(although You say, “Don’t bother!”),
and I won’t be long delayed
by burying my father…
whoa, man, this is some surprise
just how far You roll Your eyes!
Kathy Y Walters says
Great words as always my friend.
My mother used to say………”a poor excuse is JUST THAT”. Mother was right on that one.