Excuses. Some folks are pretty good at making excuses for their behavior. Or for failing to do something that should have been done. However, if you’re not very good at coming up with excuses, there is now a website dedicated to helping you!
You can thank a fellow by the name of Ted Terrebone who has listed over 900 excuses people make for missing work, speeding, skipping school, breaking appointments, cheating on a diet, failing to pay taxes, and of course for not attending church.
Here’s a sample of some of the excuses:
Missing work: I dropped my car keys in the snow and I’m waiting for the temperature to warm up so I can find them.
For missing school a parent sent this note to the teacher: Please excuse Casey from school. It was Take Your Daughter to work day. I don’t have a job, so I made her stay home and do housework.
Upon being stopped for speeding one fellow said, Oh, officer, I’ve been living in Germany for so many years that I forgot how to read the signs in miles per hour. I sure am glad to be home and have someone remind me!
And of course there are all kinds of excuses for not attending church services that include:
I’ve worked all week so I’m too tired to go!
The preacher moves around too much.
There are no people my age so I’m not going.
They don’t meet my needs.
There are too many hypocrites in church.
They began in the garden of Eden when Adam excused himself and blamed his wife. Eve’s excuse was the original “The Devil made me do it.”
Jesus spoke to the issue of excuse making when he told the story about the man who prepared a great feast and began inviting people and they made excuses. One said, “I’ve purchased some land and need to go see it.” Another had bought some oxen and needed to examine them. And a third fellow said, “I just got married. So I just can’t come.” In the parable the master was angry at the excuses. And he opened up his great supper to the common folks often overlooked.
I’m sure there are several great lessons from this parable. But one lesson is that Jesus won’t accept excuses!
God calls on us to be responsible, accountable and reliable. Just like he held Adam and Eve responsible for their actions. He holds you and me responsible.
Do you excuse yourself for personal failure by saying, “I’m only human?”
Do you excuse yourself for tardiness because of traffic, or a faulty alarm clock, or someone didn’t wake you up?
Do you excuse yourself for procrastination by saying, “I’ve been too stressed” or “too busy” or “too preoccupied”?
Do you excuse yourself for not giving by saying “I can’t” when in reality the answer is “I won’t”?
Do you excuse yourself from spiritual obligations by saying, “I don’t have the time” or “Others are better than I am” or “I’m too old…too young…too tired”?
Dave Del Botto was right when he wrote, “No one ever excused his way to success.” This is true in your home life. Your work. And your spiritual growth. Make this two-word affirmation your motto: “No excuses.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman