No Excuses

The other night we had a softball game for our local church league.  I love softball.  Shoot, I love softball, baseball, stickball, wiffleball… pretty much anything with four bases, a bat, and a ball gets me excited.

While I love having the opportunities to watch and coach the game, nothing warms my heart more than being on the field.

Tuesday we had a game against another team that we had previously beat at a tournament Saturday.  We knew the guys from the other team wanted to desperately win (church softball can get pretty rough sometimes).  The game was supposed to start at 8:30 but failed to due to the little league game that went long on our field.  In turn, that meant that we took the field later than normal so most of our guys weren’t loose and were getting anxious to play.  If that wasn’t enough, the bases were also a good distance further than normally are because there wasn’t enough time to switch distances after the little guys were done playing (Explanation: In softball older guys need shorter bases.  People keep telling me I’ll understand more when I get older but I hear them loud and clear.  Shorter distance means less running. Works for me!)  Plus with all that going against us, when I walked on the field, I could tell that the it had rained that day so the dirt was hard which meant it would be a disaster for ground balls.

Frustrating.

There were even more problems that were going against us as well that I could name off, but to make a long story short I played the worst game of softball in my life.

It was horrible.

Excuses, excuses.

Although I could have leaned on the poor conditions and made excuses for my performance, it was my fault.  I flat out played bad.  At some point you have to eliminate the excuses and take personal blame.  It wasn’t the conditions, it was me.  Period.  A good ball player adjusts to the poor elements and plays the game.  I’ve been playing ball for awhile.  I know that but I refused to adjust.  I leaned on the excuses.

So how does that relate to life?

Simple.

One of the things that grinds my gears is when people make excuses for their spiritual walk.  I constantly hear a cluster of reasons why someone is not following Christ or maturing in the faith like they should be.

Statements like…

“I just don’t have enough time.”

“I’ll get to it later after I’m done with ___________.”

“It’s not my job to ____________.”

Etc, etc.

Excuses, excuses.

On the softball field the other team won because they adjusted to the poor conditions and played the game.  They focused on the objective regardless of the elements.  They played with confidence because they knew how good they were and they won because of it.  Who cares about the delayed playing time?  Who cares about the field conditions?  Who cares how far the bases are off?  Let’s play the game.  We can adjust and we can win.

So what about you?

Take a look in the mirror for a second.

Maybe you need to stop making excuses for why your spiritual life is in the gutter and play ball.  Maybe you need to stop making excuses for why you’re so timid in sharing your faith.  Maybe you need to stop making excuses for your lack of time management.  Maybe you need to understand that the principles in the scriptures are for you to follow but you don’t even know them because you’re not in the Word.  Maybe you need to realize that the call of Christ IS your job.

That’s why you’re here!

Sounds blunt but personally I love that we have a God that is always is willing to tell us the truth no matter how much it hurts.

Listen.  You got Christ on your side who desperately desires for you to mature in your faith.  He’s given you all the power to do it but it comes down to a choice.  You have to make that choice on how much you want to grow.

So stop leaning on the excuses you keep making and cling to the understanding of the cross.  Allow Christ to place himself firmly at the center of your life and walk in the ways of His truth.  When something or someone pops up that seems to be a road block or hindrance, don’t use it as an excuse for your spiritual decay.  Adjust, reevaluate, and move on with the power of the Spirit that is inside of you as a believer in Jesus Christ.

Excuses, excuses.

Not any more.

-jordan

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