Excuses or Change: What Are You Going To Make Today?

I love this commercial. It inspires me as a runner, but it also inspires me as a believer and a mother. No more excuses.

I’m not a morning person. I’m too busy. I need X hours of sleep. I’m not rich enough. I can’t because I have kids. My kids are too young. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to pray. I don’t have a good enough testimony. It’s too far. It costs too much. Maybe when my kids are older. I don’t have time. I’m too tired. I don’t know how.

I can’t.

It’s time to stop with the self-limiting profiling.

Mother Teresa. Helen Keller. Corrie Ten Boom. Elizabeth Eliot.

They had great excuses.

And they never used them.

We can make excuses or we can make change.

What is one change that you’re working on?

Comments

  1. My mindset! I struggle with those exact thoughts all the time. But I am realizing that I can do more than I think I can. Maybe not all I want to do, but most of it. Like keeping the laundry from over taking the house! Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Kat –
    Here’s someone to add to your list….Nick Vujicic.
    Here’s his site: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/
    And here’s a short video clip on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8ZuKF3dxCY&feature=related

    Enjoy and be inspired to NEVER say “I can’t” again!

    Amy
    http://worshipwhileiwait.blogspot.com
    http://gracefull-living.blogspot.com

  3. Katrina F says:

    Focusing on what is TRUE, and not listening to the fearful “me” anymore.

  4. You know, I’ve noticed recently that my mindset is one full of excuses. In fact, right before I read this I was thinking how hard it is to fit a workout in since I home school….haha who am I kidding? I didn’t fit one in when I wasn’t home schooling either. Working on this! I’ve noticed other things have changed when I’ve prayed for help in this area, so thats just where I’ll start! Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Wow. Thank you. My husband has been sick and laid up for a week and I’ve had to do a LOT more than usual and I was feeling overwhelmed BEFORE he got sick. I’ve found myself saying “I can’t” or “how am I ever going to…?” every day. I need to snap out of it! Thanks for the wake-up call. You have a gift – thanks for using it to encourage others!!

  6. Oooo baby, I’m great at the excuses… especially the, if only this were this way, then I could do that… but, oh woe is me, it’s not, so I might as well just not bother…

  7. Kat– You always have such a way with words– I completely agree with this mindset– I honestly believe the hardest point of change is making the DECISION. Once you decide, then what you need to accomplish is will fall into place!

  8. I have been exercising for almost an hour a day 5 days a week (usually!).
    I have been trying hard to practice the guitar 20 m a day.
    I have been working on an illustrated book for young children an hour a day, four or five days a week.
    These are the changes I have worked on and DONE! (I do still have 7 children at home full time ranging in age from 17 yo down to not quite 2. We homeschool also.)

    The change I would like to make right now is to reform from my night owl ways. I would like to go to sleep by 12:30 and rise by 7 – in a good mood too :) It hasn’t been working very well.

  9. My one thing is huge. Living by my mission statement.

  10. I’ve gotten up twice this week to do my quiet time and get on the treadmill. That “I need X amount of sleep excuse” always gets me. I’m realizing that I need to trust God with my sleep and stop making excuses!

  11. Phillipans 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    If I could just do THIS today! That is all. :)

  12. I’ve been working on changing the way I clean my house. With welcoming baby #3 into the house soon, I really want to have things more in order and not chaos.

  13. Thanks! I really needed that this morning. I guess I’ll actually be getting up when my alarm goes off tomorrow to do my morning run. No more excuses!

  14. I noticed this week that I kept relying on the excuse that my husband is out of town much of the time leaving me as a full time working out of the home mom of an 11 month old and 2 pugs. And I wasn’t really like that. I was too wrapped up in the excuse. Thanks for the wake up call!

  15. “I feel bloated.” That one made me laugh out loud.

    I used to work with a lady who, in my mind, seemed like Super Woman. Not only did she work full-time, she also was raising three kids, helped run a home business, and had a large peach orchard that she maintained. At my baby shower, the asked if she could have all of the tissue paper that came with my gifts. I told her she could and asked if there was anything in particular she was planning on doing with it. She told me that she liked to IRON it and reuse it for gifts. While I reuse tissue paper, I was flabbergasted that she would take the time to iron it out to make it look new (I still think it’s outrageous, no offense) and asked where she found the time to do that. She looked at me with a very matter-of-fact expression and humbly said one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard:

    “You have time to do whatever you really want to do.”

    Keeps my days in perspective.

  16. My one thing is narrowing my focus to the 3 major roles I play: wife, mommy and teacher. My misison statement has really helped me weed out somethings that really do not have a place in my life right now. That gives me the energy and ability to do really well while wearing my 3 different hats!

  17. I’ve been doing pretty well getting up early enough to do a quiet time. NOW my struggle is getting up even earlier to work out as well. I have what I need… but getting up that extra 45 minutes early has been SO so difficult. And I’d like to make it an hour work out two or three of the mornings each week. But it’s requiring going to bed earlier. And I’m terrible about that… I use my husband (also a night owl) as an excuse. No good! Gotta do it anyway.
    Thanks, Kat. Always an inspiration and often convicting as well!

  18. I will remember that I CAN GET MORE DONE IN A DAY THAN I THINK I CAN!

    That lists/timelines are plans but that they are ONLY worthwhile when I BELIEVE that I CAN get to multiple appts, errands, make necessary calls, COOK & do laundry as well as keeping track of our family finances in a day.

    That not all of them have to be done at once but that I can do more than I ever thought I could do in just a day!
    That I will have to practice knowing that life can be good, in just a day!!!!

  19. Getting exercise into the daily routine. Thanks for this… awesome. :)

  20. I totally agree that the “I can’t” mentality is bad news, but it is ok to say no to things that may over commit you or don’t fit into your current season of life.

  21. Consistency…I’ve become so completely overwhelmed & swallowed up by the responsibilities of my life that I can barely find the motivation and/or energy to complete anything. Each day I’m having to talk myself through every task or activity until it’s complete. My exhaustion caused a severe case of procrastination in me and I’m currently working on eliminating that “condition”.

  22. I’m working on being less of a time-waster!!

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