One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to help me into the pool at the movement of the water. While I am trying to get there, someone else always gets in ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, roll up your sleeping mat and go on home!” ~John 5:5-8 (TLB)
“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” ~George Washington Carver
Today, I really want to tackle that spirit that causes us to make so many excuses. Excuses in our lives give us permission to settle for less than God’s best. It seems we always have an excuse for our shortcomings. We always have something or someone else to blame for our less-than-perfect life. It is never our fault. We continuously brand our insecurities through seemingly justifiable alibis. We declare this is how it always is for us, for our families. Most failures come from a history of excuses and a lack of perseverance. How is it that it’s never us? How can you never see YOURSELF in a matter but can see everyone else so clearly? Time has been over for that! It’s time to grow up!
I was watching a show last year, I believe, and there was a woman who is well into her 50’s, she was harboring hurt from something that happened 35-40 years ago! I was amazed! How is it that we ALLOW ourselves to be hurt for that long? I could see it if there was a death involved or something like that, but, someone simply hurt your feelings and you’re going to be mad and hold a grudge for 40 years? Ridiculous! This was her EXCUSE as to why she was being mean and nasty toward people. No one can tell you how to hurt and how long to hurt but at some point, you’ve got to make a decision to let go and live! You do have the RIGHT to be hurt, but, it’s YOUR responsibility to get healed from it! I firmly believe that some people don’t want to be whole because being broken is the only thing that gets them attention! NO MORE EXCUSES! Get healed from it and move on!
People are severing relationships, friendships, leaving churches, blaming family for the turmoil that they are experiencing, when the truth of the matter is, sometimes we made bad decisions that causes us to be in the rut or predicament that we’re in. “They hurt me so I’m going to have a bad attitude the rest of my life.” Some people actually live like that. They go through life being mean, angry and possessing a nasty attitude, because their feelings were hurt. Question, when are you going to allow yourself to be free from that? Understand that anger that hasn’t been dealt with will result in bitterness and as Christians, we can’t operate like that. You can’t get somebody free from something that you’re bound by yourself! And as far as leaving churches go, your job/boss/supervisor hurt your feelings or said something that you didn’t like, but you go back there! We’ve got to do better!
I’m so tired of seeing and hearing “I’m cutting people off…” If you have to KEEP cutting people off, stop and consider this: the problem may not be them, it may be YOU! Then there’s “everybody can’t go where I’m going.” And you’re right because until you get that attitude right, get healed and learn how to take correction, YOU aren’t going anywhere! Stop making excuses!
The man in our scripture today made excuses. Yes, he was legitimately sick for a very long time. Yet, in my studies, it never said that he himself was paralyzed. We do believe that he may have been because there were others there that were paralyzed as well. However, when Jesus saw him laying there, He asked him “Wilt thou be made whole?” In other words, “would you like to get well?” Here comes the excuses. “Well, I do want to be well but I don’t have any help. Nobody will put me in the pool. There’s always somebody in front of me.” Excuses, excuses, excuses! Jesus didn’t go back and forth with the man. He gave him ONE command…GET UP! The man immediately got up, started walking and went on his way.
That’s how so many people are today. Making excuses for why they’re broke. Making excuses for why they don’t have a job. Making excuses for having a bad attitude. The list goes on and on. Benjamin Franklin said this, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” My friends, I want you to know that God is a healer and a mender of broken hearts. I know you’ve been hurt. I know things have been rough. But you’ve got to let God in and let Him do surgery on your heart. This is the only way you’ll stop making excuses and live your best life. Do you want to be well? If the answer is yes, then today is your day of freedom! Do like the man in the scripture above, GET UP!
Genesis 3:12-13 Adam and Eve made excuses. Exodus 4:10 Moses made excuses. Jeremiah 1:6 Jeremiah made excuses. There are so many others in the bible that made excuses. But once they heard from God, allowed HIM to deal with their hearts and their excuses, they went on to do great things! Let Him into your heart today. Yes, there is greatness in you, but you’ll never achieve that while continuously making excuses. You can either make changes or make excuses, but you can’t do both.
I love the people of God and I believe that we can live better than we ever have lived before but we’ve got to get up, grow up and stop making excuses.
Until next week…..