Devotional for Thursday December 14th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “It will be very impressive.”

 

Earlier in this series I told you the story of Noah Galloway, the army soldier who lost an arm and a leg in a roadside bombing incident in Iraq. Although he could have used his status as a double amputee as an excuse for living a limited and restricted life, he refused to do that. Instead he pushed through it, found ways to adapt, and ended up becoming a physical fitness trainer as well as an author, a star on a reality television show, and he placed third one season on the show “Dancing with the Stars”.

 

Noah’s success at overcoming his disabilities came from his attitude. He refused to use his apparent limitations as an excuse. At one point it occurred to him that any life lived well is impressive, but just think how much more impressive it will be to live life well as a double amputee! From that point on his disabilities became a motivating factor for him. He was determined to find ways to accomplish things with only two limbs that many people with four limbs can’t do.

 

Have you ever thought of your perceived limitations as a motivator rather than as an excuse?  Colin Powell was raised by a single mom in an inner-city ghetto. He went on to graduate from West Point. He became a four star Army general, he served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he was the Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. Joni Eareckson Tada has spent her entire adult life as a paraplegic in a motorized wheelchair. Yet she is the author of many books, she is a motivational conference speaker, she founded and leads a large Christian ministry, and she paints art gallery quality paintings by holding a paint brush in her teeth.

 

I could go on for many pages citing example after example of people – famous and not famous, who refused to use their personal limitations as an excuse, and who instead went on to accomplish meaningful things in spite of those limitations. But you get the point. Their accomplishments are all the more impressive because of those limitations.

 

So what is it in your life that you’re using as an excuse? Are you too old, too young, too big, or too small? Are you too poor, too busy, too weak, or too … what? What is it that you’re using as an excuse for not accomplishing the things you want to accomplish in life? Your limitations may be real but all that means is that your success will be even more impressive.

 

Don’t use your limitations as an excuse. Use them as a source of motivation – and then just go do the thing.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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