What does the Bible say about Excuses?
It is the greatest shot of adrenalin to be doing what you’ve wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly, without the plane. Charles Lindbergh
The more I speak to people, the more I realise that we all want very similar things…to spend more time with God, we desire to be more, have more, live more and have more freedom. However most of these desires are intertwined with frustration and anxiety. Why is it that we choose our comfort zone instead of embracing change?
If you can relate, ask yourself this question and answer it honestly. What holds you back from achieving your dreams?
I made a list of a few things that were mentioned in recent conversations and added what the bible says about it.
FEAR is something that comes wrapped in all kinds of packaging. It may be the fear of failure but could also be the fear of success. Fear of failing is most probably the most common and goes hand-in- hand with disappointment. We fear that we are going to fail and this feeling creates the emotion of disappointment in ourselves. So before we’ve even started, our minds have convinced us that we might be better off not even trying. The fear of success and the unknown realm of it is what stops some people from moving forward. What would you do if you finally were living your dream? Is this something you’ve thought of, realistically?
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FEAR?
Firstly FEAR it’s the opposite of FAITH. Fear is focusing on what you can see (challenges, problems, and trying to combat it with worry and sleepless nights!) but faith is believing AND speaking before you see the outcome.
- Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. (Heb 11:1 – TPT)
- God will deliver us from our fears if you ask him: I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (ESV)
LACK OF DIRECTION
This makes me think of a hamster in a wheel. It will run and run and run and run and not tire of doing the same thing all day. If you don’t know where you’re going, you can be sure that you’re not going to get there. Wherever that is! Direction and having a vision is what takes you places. It’s the compass that will keep you on track as you travel towards your goals. At times you may need to adjust the compass just a tad, because we still live in a very real world where flexibility is key. Know where you want to go, what you want to accomplish and when you want it to happen. Once you can answer those questions, you’ll find that things start falling into place.
I recently chatted to someone about goals and dreams and he said the most profound thing that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
When people know what they want, why do they have alternatives? There should not be a Plan B once you’ve defined what you’re passionate about.
- In Jeremiah 29:11 God says that He has a plan and a purpose for your life. It’s our responsibility to go and find out what that plan and purpose is. We do that by spending time with Him.
- Psalm 37:4 says: ‘Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (NIV)
DISTRATIONS, DISTRACTIONS DISTRACTIONS!
My, oh my, this is one that ranked very high on the list.
So you’ve planned your day and things are on track and you’re excited as you’ve made your list and prioritised it in order of Urgent and Important. You get to your desk, switch your laptop on and whilst it’s uploading a colleague comes over for a chat. Before you know it 30 minutes have passed and you have not entered your password. And so the day continues; with a crises here and a crises there. You get home late and the kids have homework and you don’t even know what you’re doing for dinner. Before you know it it’s 11pm and haven’t even started your list.
That used to be a typical day until I put my foot down and made a decision about what was important. In Matt 6:33 the bible says to: ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (NIV)
Remember Martha? In Luke 10:38-42, When Martha complains that she is doing all the work, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, He tells her that Mary has chosen well to first spend time with Him.
PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST
In my case, it’s important to have my ‘Coffee Date with God’ so that when I launch into my day that my mind is at peace. I know that whatever follows, God’s got my back and everything else that I would’ve needed to invest time sorting out, often resolves itself. We do need some kind of flexibility for the unexpected, as things do happen, but if it is something that can wait until tomorrow – make sure you put it on your list to deal with then! It’s about prioritising what is important and when it needs your attention…and then above all requires a discipline to stick with it.
‘No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.’ 1 Cor 10:13
Postponing putting action to your goals is postponing your dream. The more you avoid doing the necessary, the longer it will take for you to get where you want to be. Discipline does not come naturally. It takes work. Make a conscious decision to stay focussed. Set time limits for yourself.
I believe that ACCOUNTABILITY is one of the biggest tools you can have in your kit. When you’re accountable to someone, you’re less likely to not do what you said you would do. Procrastination causes frustration and can lead to disappointment and sometimes even anger. Choosing NOT to act is as easy as the decision TO act. It’s your choice. As yourself? How badly do I really want this?
You only need to read the book of Proverbs to gain an understanding of what God thinks of procrastination. He pretty much puts it in the bucket of the Sluggard! OH I love that word!
‘Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.’ Prov 20:4 – NIV)
‘The slacker wants it all and ends up with nothing, but the hard worker ends up with all that he longed for.’ (Prov 13:4 – TPT)
LACK OF TIME
Now This is a famous one and I’m guilty of saying this all too often too!
‘I’m just so busy’, ‘ I can’t find the time’, ‘I have so many other things on my plate that I really can’t fit this in too’…sound familiar? How do successful people do it? They create time, whether that is waking up earlier, restructuring their day or planning their day effectively.. They prioritise and learn to say no. If you’re passionate and want it enough, you’ll make the time!
There are many more examples of things that stop people from achieving their dreams. These are just a few. Lack of enthusiasm, money, resources and of course then there’s the important aspect of people!
Do you have the courage to put the past behind you and start living your dream, starting now?
‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.’
(Eph 5:15-17 – NIV)
I’m challenging you to choose your passion and start living the life you want to live Today! Email me to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share what your plans are! I’d love to cheer you on in your success!
Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Its courage that counts. Winston Churchill