THE ESCAPE ROUTE FOR MANY
Excuse, excuse! So many times we think we have excuses. We think we have excuses for the place where we are in life, we think we have excuses for what we are doing. We think we have excuses for not attaining all we could have in life. Sometimes we think we have excuses when things don’t quite work out the way we have planned.
To so many people, excuses have become an escape route by which they get by in life. We give excuses for everything. To some it is now a second nature, to excuse themselves of any failure or inadequacies. Sometimes we indeed believe in what we profess. We do believe that we have excuses. When compared with other circumstances, when we compare our situation with people in worse circumstances, the story might be different. Things don’t always look the way we perceive them to be.
As a student of the Bible, I am often fascinated by some of its stories. In this particular case, I am thinking of a situation with one of Jesus’ disciples. Philip was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. Oh wow! What a privileged place to be. To many of us, Philips position is the ultimate. The best imaginable aspiration anyone could ever get to.
Come to think of it, will you believe that in such a position, someone in the place of Philip will still have an excuse? I know what you are thinking, you are probably saying to yourself, no, if I were to be in Jesus’s team, one of His 12 disciples, of course I won’t be having any excuses. The only thing I needed to know, is to be sure that the maker of the universe Himself is beside me. Everything I need or could ever need are automatically provided for. After all, I am right here in His team already.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out this way. Even some of the most privileged of us still often find excuses. At a time when Philip thought he lacked something even right in the presence of Jesus, you wonder what the rest of the world should be thinking. If the rest of the world were to be giving excuses, nobody will be doing anything, they will only be left with excuses.
Imagine someone as close as Philip was to Jesus yet complaining. That stands a good argument for the rest of us to simply sit around and complain. That is exactly what happens to most of us when we complain. In actual sense, there are always people who are in a worse situation than us at any given moment in time. No matter how horrible you feel your situation is, not minding what excuses you think you have, there are people in worse conditions and yet not complaining.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.