“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Exceed expectations. Are you getting any closer to excellence? Merely meeting expectations is a minimum. When you exceed those same expectations, you start to enter into excellence. We are to offer God our best every step of the way. Excuses do not excuse us from the expectations of our Eternal Father.
We have to go further than we have ever gone before. We have to take actions that will lead to exploring new territory. Excuses are just excuses. They do not excuse us from His expectations. They can hinder us from doing His will or walking by faith. They can harm progress in our spiritual maturity. They may not even help us at all. We have to see what excuses really do for us. They offer nothing but trouble because they lead to procrastination, problems and poor performance or pitiful productivity. That’s what comes forth out of excuses.
Let excellence serve as your trademark. Lead by example. Let excuses go. Let others see the distinct qualities that set you apart from the crowd. Demonstrate that you are not simply going with the flow. In fact, if you live for Him, it may even cause you to go against the grain at times. You begin to discover that God has put more in you than you think, but you won’t discover it until you have been put to the test. When the tests, trials and troubles come your way, it won’t be time for excuses. That will be the time you set your heart on excelling beyond expectations. At that point, you become David facing a giant called Goliath. Right then, you become Moses standing before a raging Red Sea. In the midst of it, you stand out like Paul, writing as a concerned parent to his dear children, addressing believers in Rome with an assurance that every Christian is more than a conqueror. We overcome with overwhelming strength supplied by the Supreme God, God Almighty.