Monday, January 12, 2009

Excuse me.

Excuses. We all have them. Reasons why we can't do something. We feel called to talk to the person that no one else does...but we can't because "what will people think?" You may be feeling led to do something to make a difference...and you might even have a really good reason not to do it. If you feel like you need to do something like that, there is a good chance that God is trying to use you to show his love, grace, and acceptance to someone that really needs it.

"...'Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.'

But Moses said, 'O Lord, please send someone else to do it.' " Exodus 4: 12-13 (NIV)

Moses had a great excuse- how could he be the spokesperson for God's people if he couldn't speak as normal men do? (Exodus 4:10) I love good excuses...I'm especially good at coming up with good ones for myself....but I usually struggle inventing them for others. I always have a good reason why "I can't," or why "I couldn't." But the real issue lies within our own will- we don't want to. And the reason we don't want to is usually because we know it will be difficult.

But when we dream, we dream big. No one ever wishes for mediocrity, we wish for greatness. No young boy ever dreams of hitting a single to lead off the fourth inning in the middle of the season. No, he dreams of hitting a homerun in the last inning of the championship game to propel his team to victory... But in reality, we let life and our own limits get in the way. We stop chasing dreams and start making excuses. Oh, I left out a good part of that story about Moses...

"Moses said to the Lord, 'O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.'

The Lord said to him, 'Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?' " Exodus 4: 10-11

God knows your limits- remember who you were created by. God is capable of making you able to do what you think needs to be done. An old cliche holds true, "God does not call the equipped, God equips the called."

Dream of doing something great for God, and follow up on that dream. So what is it that God is calling you to do? Begin the steps toward making it happen.

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