Excuses, Excuses…

 

By: Pastor Naofumi Nozawa - 8/13/12

We have come to learn how to make many excuses, very good ones at times I might add. Sometimes, we use the circumstances around us as excuses. For example, “Oh, I don’t have a car, so I can’t go there.” “Oh, I don’t have enough money so I can’t buy you that.” The list goes on. Sometimes, it is easy to find excuses as to why we cannot do certain things, wouldn’t you agree? Now, there are times when our excuse(s) are truly legitimate, but more often than not, we find excuses for things that we don’t want to do or things that are inconvenient for us.

A YouTube clip of a young man named Nick Vujicic was sent to me by email and when I watched it, a few thoughts ran through my mind. I am sure some of you have seen this clip or have heard of Nick Vujicic before, if not, allow me to share with you. Nick Vujicic, a 29-year-old Australian, is today a motivational speaker and preacher. Nick was born without his arms and legs. As a child, he went through depression and even attempted suicide. One could say that he can use his disability as a legitimate excuse for many things that he doesn’t want to do or that inconvenient him. After doing a quick research on the internet, I find that Nick Vujicic, though a man without arms and legs can do things most of us with arms and legs can do. Things such as shaving, typing, throwing a ball, getting a glass of water.

Now, think about this. Nick could easily expect to be waited on for everything for the rest of his life. I mean, he has no arms and legs! Someone please get him a glass of water! Right? Though born without legs and arms, he now has a non-profit organization called, Life Without Limbs. He decided to stop feeling sorry for himself and not too allow his life’s circumstance to hinder him from doing grand things, even grand things for God. What an inspiring person, what an amazing example!

Here is the link of the YouTube clip of Nick Vujicic that was sent to me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDQe3tWwRQ&feature=related

I am not sure what you think of after watching this clip, but one thing that speaks to me is that we cannot allow what seem to be bad circumstances that surround our lives to get in the way of doing great things, even great things for God.  Nick says, “There are some things in life that are out of your control that you can’t change. The choice that we have, though, is either to give up or keep on going. ”

Allow me to share with you an example of how one of our great patriarchs in the Bible, Moses, used a deficit that he has as an excuse for not doing what God wanted him to do. In Exodus 4:10 “…Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’”  He did not want to do the task that God gave him to do.  However, God provided him with a solution, which was to use Aaron along Moses (Exodus 4:14-16).

Are we making any excuses in our lives? Jesus is with us to help just like He did for Moses.  Moses did not stop doing God’s will, and neither Nick.  How about you and I?