A List of Excuses

I’m really busy; I’m too tired; I’ll start tomorrow… The list can go on and on and on.

Luke 19:1-10

Reference: He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. (‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭3‬ NIV)

Explore: I’m always amazed at how many excuses people make to not do exercise – and I include myself in this group!

The weather’s too hot; it’s too cold; I’ve just washed my hair; I have bad knees; I’m really busy; I’m too tired; I’ll start tomorrow… The list goes on and on and on.

Deep down inside we know we should exercise and that we’d be better for it. But the excuses seem just as real and the easier option.

Application: When it comes to our relationship with God, the list of excuses to not spend time with Him is just as long.

I don’t have the time; it’s not my thing; He knows my thoughts anyway; He made something bad happen in my past; I don’t fully understand Him yet… and the list goes on and on and on.

I love what Zaccheus teaches us in Luke 19. He had a physical excuse not to connect with Jesus – he was too short – and yet he didn’t let that get in his way.

There are lots of reasons why our relationship with God can be challenging, but we know deep down inside that our lives will be better off having Christ as the centre.

The fact you are reading this devotion shows you have already pushed aside an excuse and you are intentionally connecting with God today. Don’t let it end here.

Push through the excuses and discover more and more ways to connect with our incredible Creator.

Prayer: Lord, You are the Beginning and the End. May You live inside our day like You are the breath we rely on. Amen.

How can you connect with God more?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.