Do it - NOW!
We all think we all more time than we actually do. Much like Scarlett O'Hara, we may convince ourselves that we can "think about that tomorrow." Maybe that thought is about our place in life or our worth. Yet, we are not guaranteed a tomorrow, but we are told by God, "I will never leave you or forsake you" Joshua 1:5 NIV. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. He is in all time, all-powerful, and all-knowing. He is an ever-present presence; to Him, it is always NOW.
God wants us to come to Him—Now. He wants us to live with the power of the Holy Spirit—Now. He wishes for us to seek His Will—NOW. He wants to be the priority on our list, but we often give Him the leftovers of our time and energy. That is until we have a crisis, and then we want Him—NOW. Jesus tells us, "But seek you first his [God's] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" Matthew 6:33 NIV. This sounds like a simple and rewarding offer.
It sounds so easy, but I find it hard to do. I keep thinking I can figure out my problems. Then I listen to a favorite podcast, and the minister says to ask God amid difficulties, "Lord, what are you up to? What are you trying to do here that I need to understand?" I have no excuse to not ask God for guidance and discernment when He is with me always and everywhere, and when He wants to supply my needs through "his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19. It sounds incomprehensible to refuse.
Now, I begin each day asking God to show me direction. I ask God how to reach a daughter who does not want to talk with me. I seek His will to discover ways to support my other daughter and son through episodes of anxiety and uncertainty. I remember to thank Him for the blessings of my family and my friends.
What do we lose when we drop our excuses? We relinquish our fears to God. What do we gain when we do not make excuses? We gain the power and glory of our heavenly Father who loves us beyond measure. Given the advances of seeking the Lord, an excuse is a blind blunder even a child would not make.
In our freedom from excuses, we can revel in the sunshine og God's glory and love. That looks like the life I want.
I wrote in response to Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday prompt — excuse.