Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off all extra weight, especially the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NLT.
Hebrews 12:1 has been running through my head for quite a few months now. Like I said yesterday, I'm the queen of excuses. I can come up with a million excuses not to clean the kitchen..
I cleaned it yesterday
I have a headache
It's my husbands turn
They made the mess they should clean it up (even though "they" might not be home at the moment but "I" am, and it's only bothering "me")
I can come up with a million excuses not to exercise...
No one will do it with me
I'm just going to fail so why even try
It's almost November then winter will be here then what, so why even start when I'm going to have to quit soon anyway (yeah that's where I'm at off and on lately, except now I figured out how to get my 2 and 3 year old involved and we run together haha whatever works right?)
What about with following God?
Abraham and Sarah, were told to do something so outrageous..so out in left field so completely out of their comfort zone by God. But you know what? They did it. Oh to have faith like Abraham.
What kind of excuses can you come up with for not to follow God and His prompting?
I'm too old - Abraham was in his 80's/90's
What if that wasn't God? - Would the thing go against His will? Would it make Him smile? Has someone in the Bible stepped out in a similar way, in which you're wrestling with now?
I fail at everything I do so why even start? - Dare I say maybe the reason you've failed in the past is because you've relied on your strength instead of Gods? Or maybe it wasn't God calling you to do it, maybe it was so YOU could get the glory for yourself?
I will make people mad with my choices -
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mat 16:25
Hmm Jesus says if you want to save your life your life you will lose it...but if you lose your life for His sake you will find it...meaning if everyone you know disowns you because you're following hard after God then you are doing the RIGHT thing...you are doing the GOD thing and in the grand scheme of things and in eternity it won't matter who stuck with you and who didn't you will be closer to God and be going through a most amazing experience because you chose God's approval over the approval of man (or woman)
What other excuses can you come up with?
When God told Sarah she was going to have a baby she laughed, she tried to help by offering her maid servant to Abraham and she probably questioned in the many years until her baby came BUT even in the doubts their faith held strong and they chose God.