Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t use perceived limitations as an excuse.”
All of us have something wrong with us. Everyone does. Nobody is perfect. Therefore we all have something about us that we can use as an excuse if we want to. For the Apostle Paul it was an eye disease that resulted in very poor vision. Therefore he had to conduct most of his thirty years of ministry without being able to read or write for himself. He had to have others around him all the time to read and write for him. But he didn’t use that as an excuse. He went on to be the greatest evangelist and church planter in Christian history, and he wrote more than half of the New Testament.
I recently finished reading the autobiography of Noah Galloway. I borrowed the title of this month’s theme from his book, “Living with no excuses”. Noah was a soldier in Iraq. He was injured by a roadside bomb and lost his left arm and his left leg. Not only did he not allow his status as a double-amputee to become an excuse, he used it as a motivator to push himself to greater heights than he probably would have otherwise achieved in life. He became tremendously physically fit, to the point of becoming a physical fitness trainer. He also became a reality show television star. He is a successful author; and he came in third on the show “Dancing with the Stars”. Yes, that’s right, a double-amputee and he came in third in a professional dance contest!
So what’s your excuse? What perceived limitations are keeping you from doing the things you would otherwise like to do? I could write pages of examples of people with significant challenges who refused to use them as an excuse. There’s a man in our church who years ago suffered a terrible stroke, and he has to use a walker everywhere he goes. But he goes everywhere. He participates in everything – even church workdays. He just pushes through and finds ways to do it. My wife Linda is a similar story with her stroke and brain surgeries. She is handicapped but that doesn’t stop her from being the Energizer Bunny with her little black walker on wheels with Harley Davidson stickers and flames.
For most of my life I’ve had to contend with a mild case of Tourette’s Syndrome. Fortunately, most of the time, it has been mild – consisting mainly of annoying little ticks and some odd mannerisms. But there have been times when it has manifested itself in violent jerks and twitches which were very noticeable to everyone around me. It was especially bad during the years when I was serving in the military as a non-commissioned officer and then as a commissioned officer. It was something I just had to deal with and push through if I wanted to have a career in the military. I could not use it as an excuse.
All of us have something wrong with us. There are things in each of our lives that we can use as an excuse if we want to – but we don’t have to. I encourage you – I challenge you, to live without excuses.