Friday, June 06, 2008

Overcoming Excuses

“So what are our reasons for…doing nothing?

1. We’re not as good at something as someone else we know.
2. We don’t have all the resources we think we need.
3. We figure that the chances of falling and looking like losers are too high.

But do you see the misconceptions hiding in all these reasons? We’re really saying:

1. God only uses the best and brightest.
2. He only uses us when every last thing is in place.
3. He only brings glory to Himself when we…bring glory to ourselves too.”

-p.71-72, Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris

“As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them. Come after Me [as disciples-letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, an I will make you fishers of men! At once they left their nets and became His disciples [sided with His party and followed Him].”-Matthew 4:18-20, Amplified Bible

What would have happened if Simon and Andrew told Jesus, “Your ministry is under funded, why don’t you just let us stay here and do some fundraisers?” Or, what if Peter had said, “Why don’t you find someone else more spiritually mature? I need to continue with counseling sessions.” What if Matthew had protested with, “My career is safer than this ministry. I’m too scared of failing. Besides, my friends wouldn‘t like you.”

God uses those that He will train along the way. He doesn’t wait for us to get it all together before He calls us. Besides, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die….The only man, who has the right to say that he is justified by grace alone is the man who has left all to follow Christ.”* If we as Christians think we can go through life only worrying about our career, our weaknesses, and our pleasures, we should re-think what Christianity really is.

“Unless we’re being intentionally foolish, a failure is never total. We aren’t called to be successful all the time. We’re called to be faithful…”
-p.78, Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris

“Instead of worrying about future fears, we can, as Corrie ten Boom wrote, ‘Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’”
-p.84, Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris

* qtd on p.63, Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

1 comment:

mommyofmany said...

Future Fears. Why do we continually get caught in that trap?!?

I'm reminded of the chorus of the well-known hymn...

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!"