I’ve been thinking about excuses again. I first wrote on the subject here.
Excuses fascinate me. They’re one of the central ways that we lie to ourselves and avoid reaching our potential.
Many of us know this. Yet we keep playing the game – pretending our false stories are true and ignoring the consequences of our bad decisions. It’s a bizarrely ubiquitous form of self-harm.
“The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!'” (Proverbs 22:13)
I’ve found that if I want to, I can always find a great excuse for not doing the right thing.
I had a prof in college who once told the class,
“If it’s important enough to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
What a great line.
And I think that a lot of it does boil down to our priorities. There’s more to it than that of course, but if we keep lying to ourselves, saying something’s important when our actions consistently prove otherwise, then who are we kidding?
Often, there isn’t a convenient time, place, or way to do the right thing. We don’t feel like we have the energy. We’ve had a hard day. It’s frustrating and inconvenient and out of the way and difficult. But that’s life.
One of the truths I’ve been meditating on lately is:
Imperfect conditions are the only conditions available for us to work in.
Living in a fallen world grants us two choices in this arena: we can either wait for the perfect moment (bad idea, see Ecclesiastes 11:4), or we can acknowledge the realities of our imperfect world and our imperfect selves and begin making the best it.
I want to live in the latter, how about you?