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Bury the Excuses

The Watered Soul: Bury the Excuses

Apr 2, 2011

Bury the Excuses

What is that thing you started out with good intentions and enthusiastic zeal? But some where between the start and finish, the excuses began piling up.

I’m too tired.

I’m too busy.

I don’t have time.

I need help.

Blah, blah, blah…you know all the excuses you use for just not following through. In order to accomplish our dreams, there just comes a point where you have to be willing to bury all the reasons why you can’t and decide that you can and will do what it takes.

He said to another person, "Come, be my disciple." The man agreed, but he said, "Lord, first let me return home and bury my father."  Jesus replied, "Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God." Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family."  But Jesus told him,"Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God."

In Luke 9:59-62, we see two men giving Jesus an excuse that  seem reasonable for not immediately keeping their word to follow him. Who would not want to attend their father’s funeral or say goodbye to their families before leaving on a journey?  But surprisingly He showed no leniency for grief or goodbyes. At first glance His response seems harsh to me but perhaps He took that attitude with them because He could see beyond their logical sounding reasons to the real issue at heart.

I love The Message version of verse 62, which states, Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day." Will you bury the excuses today and make the most of the gift of this day?

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27 Comments:

At April 2, 2011 at 7:21 AM , Blogger Carole Anne Carr said...

I'll try my best! :0)

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Yes. This morning, instead of regretting the extra pound, I actually walked a few extra miles. Small achievement in my goal of consistent progress in all things, but at least I did not look back.

Have a blessed day, Wanda.

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM , Blogger Wanda said...

That's really all one can do Carole.

Way to go Bluebutterfly. Keep moving.

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good B post Wanda, I agree it takes longer to think of excuses than put some effort into our dreams.

Yvonne.

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger septembermom said...

Wow! You gave me a good push to think in a clearer way about where I am right now. Thank you! I'm so happy that I found your blog and count me in as a follower :) Enjoy your day!

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Cherie Hill said...

What an AWESOME post Wanda! You've managed to hold a pep rally for my faith!
Blessings!
Cherie

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Oh did i EVER need this reminder. FIRST - no place else will do.

 
At April 2, 2011 at 9:51 AM , Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

Excuses, we do make them! Yes I will make the most of the day! Thanks
kim

 
At April 2, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Holly Ruggiero said...

Great advice as we start the weekend!

 
At April 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM , Blogger baygirl32 said...

great advice!

stopping by from the a to z

http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

 
At April 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM , Blogger Joan said...

also think that Jesus saw beyond their words...He knew there hearts. They were only offering excuses.

And how many times in my own life have I done the same? Great reminder to put aside the excuses and obey!

Blessings,
Joan

 
At April 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM , Blogger Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!!
gigglelaughcry.blogspot.com

 
At April 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM , Blogger Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i always need some spirtual words.. so I am glad... to find your blog

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Penned Pebbles said...

Great B post! One that I needed!! Thank you for stopping by my site. Blessings and happy A2Z!

Penned Pebbles

 
At April 2, 2011 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Jingle said...

love your B word,
beautiful message on it.

 
At April 3, 2011 at 12:04 AM , Blogger Lorena G. Sims said...

wow this really makes me think..great post!

 
At April 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM , Blogger Melissa Kline said...

Hi Wanda! Beautiful and inspiring blog! Thanks for the lovely comment. :)

~Melissa
Reflections on Writing

 
At April 3, 2011 at 12:36 AM , Blogger Patrina's Pencil said...

Excellent word. I love the way the message put it too. Plain language.

 
At April 3, 2011 at 4:09 AM , Blogger Just Be Real said...

Oh Wanda, this is a good one. With great advice. Thank you always for touching me at the right time with God's word. Blessings.

 
At April 3, 2011 at 6:13 AM , Anonymous Laura Pauling said...

Thanks for sharing. Seize the day! In all ways, for God, our family, our writing. Great post!

 
At April 3, 2011 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Manzanita said...

You're so right. We shouldn't look around or a sideways glance.... just do it now. Such timely advice.
Manzanita
Wanna buy a duck

 
At April 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Grammy said...

Yeah, Wanda, No excuses is right. I never make an excuse, I just say, "nope, didn't get it done...too bad!" Ha. Thanks for your visits and support. Love,Ruby

 
At April 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Candyland said...

LOVE this! I actually needed to hear this as I've been procrastinating on some important things lately. Thanks)

 
At April 3, 2011 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Sylvia Ney said...

What a wonderful blog - a true inspiration and testament to the Lord's design. Thank you for sharing.

 
At April 3, 2011 at 9:37 PM , Blogger Jeffrey Beesler said...

I will definitely strive to live each day to the fullest and to seize opportunities as they arise.

 
At April 4, 2011 at 5:19 AM , Anonymous bendedspoon said...

I am determined on not making an excuse on why I can't finish this A to Z challenge! Lord please help me :)

 
At April 4, 2011 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Great encouragement! Thank you.

Brings to mind Hebrews 3:15 As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.

 

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