No more excuses
Do you have those days when you feel like “your get up and go flat got up and went”? It’s hard to get motivated some days, especially on a task that seems to drag on forever. Little problems keep popping up, causing delays, and unexpected conflicts can set you back so far you’re ready to throw in the towel. Myself, I normally operate most days at 110 percent, which wears me out a little quicker than it used to.
I’ve worked hard my whole life and I think the biggest disappointment I’ve ever encountered on any job site is seeing my co-workers showing up unprepared for work, unmotivated, and lazy. I too have disappointed others many days of my life, so I continually have to remind myself I can only measure others through retrospective eyes and mentor with a forgiving heart.
Behold, a ball team went forth to play a ball game. Just as the umpire said, “Batter up!” the catcher for the team arrived and took his place. The pitcher was on the mound, but his heart was heavy. The first baseman had sent a note saying he had to go to a chicken dinner at his Aunt Mary’s house. The center fielder and the second baseman each would try to be there by the fifth inning. The third baseman had been up late the night before and was having to spend the day in bed. The left fielder had tickets and was going to another ball game somewhere. The shortstop was present, but left his glove at home. The right fielder was in the proper place, but was already asleep. The game had been announced and the visitors were there in force. The stands were filled with cheering fans for both teams. There was nothing left for the pitcher to do but pitch, and hope for the best. The home team was beaten and it was decided: A new pitcher must be hired. It was poor pitching that lost that all-important game.
Behold, a preacher went forth to preach, but that’s a different story, right?
[Ephesians 3:20-21] What a wonderful God we have! He has given so much more abundantly than we could ever ask, or think, or know. His loving presence makes such a difference in our lives. I greeted a Christian friend the other day who had been faced with many problems over the past year, and I inquired as to how he was doing. He replied joyfully and with enthusiasm, “If things were any better I’d need a twin to share it all with!” He was testifying to the overwhelming goodness of God. In the midst of his difficulties the love of God still shone through his motivated attitude.
No matter what our problems or outward circumstances, we have a God who cares for us and has the power to motivate us to do the best we can in all that we do. One only has to look to the men and women of the Bible who were full of problems and excuses as to why they were not the person God was looking for, yet God used them in spectacular ways. Noah was 600 years old when he had to start over in life. Abraham said he was too old. Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused by his brothers; Moses had a speech problem; Gideon was afraid; Samson was a womanizer; Rahab was a prostitute; David had an affair and was a murderer; Jonah ran from God; Job went bankrupt; Peter denied Christ; Zacchaeus was too small; Timothy had an ulcer; and Lazarus was dead!
No more excuses! God can use you to your full potential. He wants to give to us out of His great abundance. He is waiting to bind up our wounds and give until our cup overflows. The message is clear. God needs messengers like you and me. Glorify God in all you do and He will lift you up (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1).
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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