• Jeff McClendon

Two of my Favorite Phrases, "If only they would... and When I get this..."

How often do we say these phrases? They are the two great excuses to use when we want to avoid something. That diet I know I need to go on. "When I get this semester done, this house cleaned, finish eating this cake, etc." Also a great church excuse, "If only they would have more comfortable chairs, sing my songs, have the perfect class for me, etc."

The flip side of our excuses is what if Jesus used them? Jesus, "If only they would paint the building a better color, wear better clothes, comb their hair, etc." Excuses prevent us from reaching the joy of Lord can provide. As we study the bible we agree with the teachings, feel empowered, but yet much like Peter when the time comes we make excuses or turn away. Luke 22:61-62 "And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bittery." Don't have the regret of bad decisions or excuses keep you from God. He forgives and loves you.

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Genesis 18:14 No it is not. We all know the will of our Lord, go forth and make disciples, proclaim my name to all the nations, serve me only. With his guidance we can serve him on earth and one day live in paradise.

Daily we say, "When I get past this, I will truly start my journey with God." Aren't we lucky Jesus says daily, "I love you and I am here waiting for you."

Choose this day who you will serve, no excuses.


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