Most of us are guilty of making excuses.
It’s something we have learned from childhood.
Excuses as to why we didn’t put our toys away. Excuses for incomplete homework.
The thing is – we are still making excuses.
Excuses as to why we do not move forward in life. Excuses for why we can’t, won’t or shouldn’t. Excuses on top of excuses and then excuses for making excuses … maybe you can identify with this 😉
Now, Paul the Appstle was a man who learned how to quit making excuses.
Phil 3:12-16 MSG
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
1. We need to remember that God isn’t’ finished yet.
There is no need to get discouraged. We may not be where we want to be but we are on the way to where God wants us to be. We are on a journey; sometimes the path goes through low and dark place and sometimes the road is paved and scenic. The fact is we ought to trust the one who is leading and realize that He isn’t finished with us yet. (Philippians 1:6) He will get us to the proper destination and the proper time.
2. We need to let go of the past.
When Paul said that he was forgetting the past he meant that he was letting it go. He didn’t mean that his memory was wiped clean of it. He just meant that he wasn’t going to fret over it anymore or waste anymore energy there.
It’s time to let the past go.
It’s time to let the past be in the past.
It’s time to embrace the lessons learned and apply them as we move forward.
It’s time to allow the past to be a memory not allow it to be a dwelling place.
3. We need to look forward to the future.
If we continually look behind us we rob ourselves of the potential God put within.
Lot’s wife never reached her potential because she looked back on the life she had instead of looking forward to the new life she could have had. (Genesis 19:23-29)
There is a reason that our vehicles have a big windshield and a small rear view mirror. I believe the main reason is because what’s happened in the past is not near as important as the potential of the future.
It is time to quit making excuses!
Let’s let go of the excuses and move forward.
How about it …are you ready to quit?