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No More Excuses

Posted: Monday, October 26

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education &amp; Missions Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Christian Education & Missions Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jeremiah 49:23-50:46
Titus 1:1-16
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 26:13-16 


Verse of the day:

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” (Proverbs 26:13)

CareerBuilder published a list of excuses people actually gave to their supervisor for missing work:


·  “I was sprayed by a skunk.”

·  “I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious.”

·  “My bus broke down and was held up by robbers.”

·  “I was arrested as a result of mistaken identity.”

·  “I forgot to come back to work after lunch.”



Proverbs 26:13 exposes the excuses of the lazy. The context of the verse can be difficult to understand, after all, we don’t battle lions, do we?  Let’s look closer. First “the road”; it signifies a place of business and work; it’s more than a highway. Secondly, “the lion”; he’s imagined to be hunting in the marketplace, ready to take a life. But the truth is that lions hunt in rural areas at night, not in the day when people are about. Instead, when the sun comes up, lions often retreat to their den. The absurdity of this statement hits home with the writer’s audience. The message is clear; the lazy person fabricates frightening scenarios to excuse his lack of diligence. Have you ever been guilty of that? I wish I could say no.



We all have a full load of responsibilities. What we do and what we don’t do makes a difference. Laziness is often rationalized by making fearful excuses. So, what “lions” have you fabricated in your life? What “lions” lie in your path today? Maybe you’re reluctant to have that tough conversation because you’re afraid of a painful outcome. Maybe you’re terrified to take that risky step in ministry or business because you just might fall on your face? Maybe you’re scared to trust God because…



Don’t let excuses hold you back from living the life God’s planned for you. Don’t live with “lions”; no more excuses.