Let me tell you about something I am the best at. In fact, Wikipedia asked me to be the main contributor for this area because of my expertise.
EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES
I used the following to get out of mowing the yard, going to work, quitting my job, lying to others, going somewhere I didn’t want to go, spending money buying stuff I didn’t need, not writing, and MANY more….
I’m sick, I’m tired, I’m sore, I’ll do it later, I forgot, I don’t know how, it’s too late, it’s too early, I don’t want to, my car broke down, I’m too stressed, I have to work tomorrow, I didn’t have enough notice, I have other plans, I don’t feel like it, I went last time, it’s boring, I need to lose more weight first, I’m embarrassed, I don’t want to talk, it’s too hard, they won’t care if I don’t go, they don’t pay me enough for this, I thought it was due next week, I’ll do it next year, my kid is sick, it’s a school night, I would go but my wife doesn’t want to, if they are going I’m not, the grass was too wet to mow, it’s too cold outside, it’s too hot for that, I don’t want to get lectured, God won’t care if I miss it this one time, the big game is on, no one expects me to be there, the teacher didn’t explain it well, I’m not used to it, I shouldn’t have to, it’s beneath me, I’m not good in those situations, God will forgive me, they will get over it, she didn’t go to my party, the lawnmower won’t start, I couldn’t find it, I don’t have any clothes that fit, I’m having a bad hair day, ASU is playing, it’s the playoffs, my friends are coming over, it must have been Wendy, Kristi probably did it, he told me to, dad is over-reacting, mom is losing it, my parents gave me these bad habits, it doesn’t really work, I don’t understand why it’s so important, no one else is doing it, it’s my last time I promise, everyone deserves a pass now and then, I don’t feel good about myself, the devil made me do it, Ken needs my help, I haven’t golfed in weeks, there was a sale, I really needed it, I’ll pay it later, I need this car, it will make me look cool, Johnny has one so I should too, it’s easier to lie, what they don’t know won’t hurt them, I’ll tell her later, now is not a good time, he won’t understand, why me?, the cops won’t catch me, I need to be happy, it won’t kill me, it’s stupid, God wouldn’t want me to go, I was close, I got a B isn’t that good enough?, I don’t need to study as hard as others do, my teacher likes me so she won’t care, at least I started it, I did better than they did, they won’t notice, I’m afraid, I’m not it good shape, I don’t like my boss, that preacher isn’t very good, the church is too big, the church is too small, why should it matter, I can do whatever I want, they are too far, it’s been too long, I’ll just pay someone else to do it, my clothes are dirty, the typewriter isn’t working, my computer broke, I think I have something wrong with me, my back hurts, you don’t want to know, I don’t want to hear it, everyone grows apart, they have their own lives now, they are too busy, they always want something from me, I’m stupid, I’m too lazy, life is short why waste it doing yard-work, they are family they’ll get over it, it really doesn’t matter, everyone else is doing it, my favorite show is on, and I’ll show them.
This was probably the easiest three pages of writing I ever did. It wasn’t hard to remember most of them. It was never difficult for me to come up with an excuse. I could justify anything. I could fool most people with these excuses, but I could never fool myself.
I was arrogant and self-absorbed. I lived in my own world and had to have “my time” to do whatever I wanted to. Everything was about Bill. If I didn’t want to do something, I didn’t. Ask your Grandpa and Grandma, they have probably heard most of the excuses I listed out.
When you live each day like it’s you last, you don’t have time for excuses. Everything won’t be about you, but instead what you can do for others. Don’t be a flake like your dad was. If you hear me making excuses, feel free to call me on it.
I love you son,
Luke 14:18-20: But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’