As I wrote posts this week from John 5 about the afflicted man Jesus healed at the pool of Bethesda, I thought about excuses. I thought about the excuse he offered Jesus for not wanting to change:
“I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” John 5:7
His excuses started me thinking about my excuses. Across the years I’ve had dozens of chances to change my life for the better. I walked right into some of those chances to change. At other times, though, I felt comfortable where I was. Or I was afraid and I chose not to change.
I’ve offered up lots of excuses to remain lounging on my mat. Here’s a list of ten excuses (not in any particular order) for not changing. I’ve used most of them. How about you?
- It would be too hard.
- I’m afraid of what might happen.
- At least I’m surviving.
- I’ll probably be rejected.
- This is where I am and God loves me anyway.
- God put me here. He must have a good reason.
- I’ve been this way so long I’m comfortable here.
- I really don’t know where I’d start.
- My friends might abandon me.
- It probably wouldn’t work anyway.
What are some excuses you’ve used to keep from making the effort to change? Even when you knew, like I did, that the change would probably be positive?