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Stupid Excuse Hall of Fame

On Sunday, I preached a message about facing up to our baggage and excuses and getting to our “yes.” If you would like to listen to the message, click here.

At one point, I was offering a few examples from my life of how saying “yes” to God led me on a great adventure and has blessed me so much in innumerable ways. As I began talking about our foster parenting experience, I got really honest and perhaps over-shared a tad.

You see, normally when I talk about becoming foster parents, I leave out the part where I was pretty much dead set against it. It wasn’t an angry opposition, but more of a whiny indifference. I didn’t know if I wanted to make the accommodations for such a thing. It all sounded so… difficult.

That’s sad to admit, but that doesn’t get me into the stupid excuse hall of fame. No, that comes in with my final argument–my last stand–as I talked with my wife again about it. I said something to the effect of “I don’t want this to not feel like my house. What if I want to walk around in my underwear? I wouldn’t even be able to do that anymore!”

Yes, you read that right. My final straw in the debate was to be my inability to walk around in my skivvies. We all may agree this is a God-given right of every male, but certainly nothing to hang on argument on.

I’m being a little humorous, but I’m not proud of this. I was willing to allow kids to not have a warm bed, hot meals, and a loving family for the most ridiculous of reasons. It may have only been short-term for most of these kids, but the impact for many will be life-long. That’s not even counting the two that we adopted from the system and now are a joy and light to our family.

I almost missed all of it because of a stupid excuse. I had almost convinced myself that it wasn’t my problem and that someone else could worry about it. Surely, I give enough, I thought. Someone else can do this part.

Once I got through all my excuses though, God made it clear to me that this wasn’t my wife’s idea, it was His. He was patient and led me to the “yes” that would be a life-changing experience for me, for our family, and those who were just passing through.

Every one of us has the propensity to make stupid excuses. You may have some that belong in the hall of fame with mine. Don’t miss out on what God has for you. When it comes down to it, any excuse that leads us to say “no” to Him is a stupid one.

I don’t want to stand before my God one day and explain why my freedom or comfort was more important than listening to His voice and offering compassion to the broken.

How about you? Have you had any excuses that belong in the hall of fame?

8 Comments

  1. My hall of fame excuse: not exposing my struggles for fear of what people might think, knowing that exposure may just help someone else going through the same struggles.
    Thomas Mason recently posted..Where the Secret Heart Is BuriedMy Profile

    • I know from my own experience that bringing those things into the light helps me tremendously too. Of course, you have to bring it to trusted and loving people first before you can let those things effectively minister to others, but that transparency is a beautiful thing. Thanks Thomas.

  2. Wow. The honest truth is what most of us can relate to I think… me for sure. That was an interesting comparison to the words of Moses about himself and what Stephen said about his gifts.

    The excuses before God never stop the inevitable… His will is going to be done… end of story. We may as well give up the excuses and find the peace and joy that is living in the center of His will.

    Excellent post Jason.

    • I’m honored you listened to the message, Floyd! Thank you. And I know there’s a place where God will say enough and move on to find someone else to carry out His purposes, but I don’t ever want to find out where that point is. I want to say ‘yes’ and deal with all the excuses and baggage as He gives the grace. Thanks so much.

  3. I am trying to think of one really good whopper but I have never used an excuse so it escapes me. LOL One I have used is “I don’t want to move to a city because there are not places to ride a bike.” But I hold to the idea that men ought to have the privilege of running around in their skivvies. That’s a good one! Thanks for the chuckle and lesson Jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..PresumptionMy Profile

    • Yeah, if you never had any excuses, I think I would need to pack up and learn at your feet! That would be impressive. :) Thanks Bill.

  4. Ha, I’ve definitely made some pretty lame excuses for a lot of different things. Always great to get the subtle and not so subtle reminders to move on from them.
    Philip recently posted..Sabbatical? Nah just lazinessMy Profile

    • They’ll trip us up as long as we hold onto them. Thanks Philip.