I have been struggling with words to better express how I feel on making excuses for a while now but today I found my a leveled ground or better yet my benchmark😊😊.
When I woke up this morning, I had a thousand and one reasons why I should not do the things I usually do every morning. I tried to make excuses that my body needed more sleep even though I went to bed early. I found reasons not to do my laundry “there’s still time”. I canceled my outing today with the excuse “my feet hurts”. I kept making excuses until I ran out of excuses. Ever being there?
But guess what? Every time we make excuses, we run and dodge away from our responsibilities. We end up doing what we shouldn’t do and then fail to do what we should do. The mess we make every time we make one excuse or the other is usually very hard to clean up. It’s very common for us to make excuses to cover up our mistakes but owning up to them and taking responsibility is a sign of growth both mentally, physically and spiritually.
Excuses puts a stop to every act of progress. Thank goodness I didn’t listen to the many excuses my brain was making for me. Though I didn’t go out(😊😊 not because my feet hurts) because I had my friends come over to the house, I did my laundry and every other thing I had set out to do. I lived up to my obligations and felt really good about it.
I believe the world would have been a better place if only Adam had owned up to his mistakes rather than make excuses and shift the blame to the woman he has been given. Eve also failed to accept that she had made a mistake and readily blamed the serpent – Genesis 3:10-14″.
When circumstances that surrounds our acts and other people’s actions we tend to excuse the behavior. For instance a day old baby that dies of a rare skin disease or a hole in the heart, we can readily excused but when we fail to lock up the doors before we go to sleep claiming “God is with us”, if we get robbed or get kidnapped in the process, we should be able to accept our mistakes and not blame anyone.
To be honest, it’s never an easy task accepting responsibility for one’s actions and admitting one’s mistakes or even acknowledging foolishness. I’m not sure there are many people who would willingly admit to making a mistake, own up to wrongdoing or take responsibility for their actions. It’s a lot safer and easier to make an excuse isn’t it? The first thought that crosses our mind when we make a mistake, “Is there anyone else I can blame?, ” What if I get reprimanded?, “Do I need to own up? Etc…
Instead of making excuses, how about standing up to our obligations and mistakes and become more competent, reliable and trustworthy!