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Excuses Are Just Excuses

The truth is I was wandering when I saw it.

It was the strangest thing.

It was lit up like it was burning, but not burning up.

It appeared alive—an altering intensity of shapes—an eternal fire?

I walked toward the object.

When I got close enough, no joke, it spoke. “There you are … it’s about time you showed up.”

I looked around for someone hiding, expecting this was a trick.

I didn’t see anyone. I’m thinking the guys back home will never believe this. “Are you talking to me?”

“I don’t see anyone else here, do you?”

“Who are you?” I’m still thinking this might be a prank.

“Don’t come any closer.”

“Say what?”

“Take off your shoes.”

“Say what?”

“This is holy ground.”

“Are you the Lord?”

“I am.”

“What do you want from me?” I was very nervous.

“I’m sending you on a mission trip to Pharaoh of Egypt with a message.”

“Oh?” My stomach was seasick.

“You will lead my people to freedom. Tell Pharaoh to let them leave.”

“Lord be reasonable, neither Pharaoh nor the people will believe me.” I felt on the edge of throwing up.

“I’ll take care of it.”

Now I’m desperate. “Listen Lord I was ready to do this when I was forty. I had everything going for me. I was a celebrity. I was heir apparent. I had my health. But now look at me I’m eighty.”

“I know how old you are.”

“Besides Lord, I don’t speak too well. I’m in sorry shape. I …”

“Forget the excuses.”

“Maybe someone else would be better?”

“Nope, I pick you.”

R.E.S.T. to Improve Relationships … Step 2

(this is from “Current Projects” above)

In this step you eliminate excuses. No more pointing fingers of blame at something or someone who has no control over the choices you make.

Ya gotta take personal responsibility for you while you’re making Jesus the focal point of your affection.

Like the first step this step has two features. 1) You accept responsibility for your own actions and 2) this becomes your accomplished reality as you focus on your desired love for God.

As step 2 is put into practice the choices made are your choices, you own them. It is important to see that no one can stop you from succeeding if you’ll forget about trying to shift your trouble to anyone other than you. When you look in the mirror the reflection is the person accountable for you.

If that’s straight in your head it’ll be because, again, your focus is on Christ Jesus. “I’m making responsible decisions because I choose to and because I choose to protect and promote my relationship with the Lord.”

It’s okay if you have to fight to accept what is your God-given gift of choice. Taking responsibility because you’ve determined to respect and love the Lord is a giant step forward. And it sets you up for Step 3.

(to be continued)