Two Choices: Make Moves or Make Excuses

A man by the name of Jim Rohn once said “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Someone threw that concept at me years ago and it has haunted me ever since because I know how true it is.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

Two choices: Make moves or make excuses.

I default to the latter more than I would like to admit. You probably wouldn’t know it because I’m notorious for self-blame. But ironically, excuses and taking the blame often go hand in hand. Taking the blame becomes attached to a reason such as an inability, past experiences, present circumstantial pain. Those reasons can easily register as excuses.

So why make excuses? We all have reasons. Personally, I’m afraid of failure. I hate rejection. I get frustrated with my spiritual walk and have a hard time giving myself grace, among other things that are rooted in the struggle to believe God’s love for me (that’s a topic for another time. Post: Waiting For Love)

It’s easier to make excuses, isn’t it? Especially when life’s left you completely and utterly exhausted. I thought so too, until I realized there’s a way to move that actually requires less effort than making an excuse does.

There’s a way to move that actually requires less effort than making an excuse does.

In society, movement requires progressing forward; grasping onto things and pulling ahead. In Jesus, it requires the opposite. Moving forward with Jesus happens when we choose to let go, fall to our knees and look up.

Note the word choose. We have the choice of moving just like we have the option to make an excuse.

Moving requires a choice.

Pressing forward by ourselves requires more effort, more brain-power, more resources. Jesus doesn’t require any of these things in order to carry us. His power is made perfect through our lack of ability (2 Corinthians 12:9). In John Chapter 5 we meet a man who has been crippled for 38 years. “Would you like to get well?” Jesus asks him. He replies with “I can’t sir…” and explains to Jesus why he is unable to get better on his own. He can’t move in the direction of healing. Then Jesus tells him to stand up and walk. Instantly the man is healed. He stands up and begins to walk, not by his own strength — he moves because the power of Jesus moves him.  Faith allows us to walk on a strength and ability outside of our own.

Just like that man, we have to choose to do what Jesus says in order to experience the kind of healing that He offers. Even when that choice is scary, doesn’t make sense, or requires letting go of everything we know.

So although it seems backwards, falling to our knees is the most progressive movement we can make when we follow Jesus. It doesn’t make sense, but neither does anything else about the grace and opportunity for life we’re given through the cross.

Let go today and give Him a chance to come through on His promises. He will.

“Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

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