“Excuses are merely nails used to build a house of failure.”
― Habeeb Akande

Daily Devotional

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

How many times have you made an excuse about why you cannot do something? What motivated that excuse in the first place? As humans we have become proficient at making excuses for our behaviour to the point that we use it as a crutch. As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve all made excuses before, and some of us still continue to do so every now and then. Whether it’s to get out of things we don’t feel like doing or trying, or simply because we refuse to step out of our comfort zone. We choose to take the easy way out, by making excuses.While some excuses might appear harmless, the truth is that every excuse you make takes you further away from reaching your full potential. What’s more, you’ll end up missing opportunities that you might never get back, as well as fail to build up talents and skills that could contribute to your growth and progress.

The circumstances that you are faced with very often may be less than ideal but winners always find a way. The woman with the issue of blood found a way.  After spending all that she had, she pressed through the thick cloud to touch the hem of Jesus’s garment and claimed her healing. Although there was a famine in the land in Genesis 26, Isaac through obedience found a way. The scripture says in Genesis 12:6, that Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold. Do not forget that this was in the midst of the famine.

Contrast the woman with the issue of blood and Isaac with the man at the pool of Bethesda, 38 years. Jesus asked him the question, wilt thou be made whole? His excuse for being there as long was that there was no man to put him in the pool when the angel troubled the water. The problem here was that he preoccupied his mind with why he could not get healed rather than look for ways to make his desire his reality. One option he had was to reposition him-self at the edge of the pool, even at great inconvenience, to ensure that he would have been the first to get in when the angel troubled the water the next time. If you focus on the obstacles or the lions in a way spoken of in Proverbs 26:13 nothing will get done. Refocus on your options and opportunities.

Life Application: Look past the obstacles and refocus on the options and opportunities that are before you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I make so many excuses in my life and this is crippling my potential. I pray that you will help me to identify and overcome the real reason for making excuses in the first place. I pray for your strength to face issues and situations that I generally shy away from because of fear. I thank you for the spirit of boldness to do all i can instead of making excuses. In Jesus name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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