Were you one of the people who lined up to watch the new Superman movie? Have you noticed that long lines are to be expected for most of the super hero movies? I can get excited about a movie just like everyone else, if it's a good movie. But, it seems that anything Marvel puts out comes with incredible anticipation, long lines, and record sales whether the movie is good or not. Why is that?
I believe one reason we're drawn to superhero movies is because we all have this built in desire to be great. We all want to make our lives count, to leave a legacy, to not settle for average, to stand out from the crowd. This internal drive was placed in us by our Creator. God told us so in Jeremiah 29:11 when he said, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So, if God desires us to be great and he created in us a desire to be great, why is greatness still a rare trait? I believe one of the main reasons people settle at average is because of the excuses we continually tell ourselves. Excuses are our kryptonite. Just like kryptonite strips Superman of his power, excuses strip us of our power and make us stay at average.
Here are 9 reasons excuses are so destructive:
1. Excuses justify staying where you are.
In Luke 14 Jesus tells a story of a banquet. A wealthy master invites a number of guests to a great banquet, “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’" (vs. 18). The story goes on to explain how the guests missed out on a huge opportunity simply because they made excuses. Jesus is telling us that excuses will keep you where you are and you will miss God-given opportunities.
2. Excuses validate mediocrity.
Excuses are a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. You may have a reason, but you will never push through to greatness if you can justify where you are currently at.
3. Excuses strip you of authority and power to problem solve.
A problem is an opportunity to change . Excuses place the power to change somewhere else. Every time I justify why I cannot change my situation, I place the power to change somewhere else. Stop making excuses and you will regain your power.
4. Excuses are self-focused.
The difference between a super hero and a super villain is motive. A super hero uses their power for the benefit of others. A super villain uses their power for only their own benefit. Excuses often reveal someone pursuing their own interests above the interest of the Master.
5. Excuses is a language of victims.
Have you ever noticed that people who are quick to judge, judge others by their actions and themselves by their intentions. They are always quick to tell of how others hurt them, but when confronted with the same accusations, they justify their own actions with "I didn't mean it."
6. Excuses champion a defeated mentality and outcome.
When you act the victim, you empower the one who hurt you. You give reason to why you can't be great and settle for defeat. Take the power back by choosing to be great despite how others may treat you!
7. Excuses breed a culture of hopelessness.
Hope is life. Without hope you cannot have faith. Without faith you cannot please God. Without faith, hope, and love you cannot be great. Period.
8. Excuses will shackle you the rest of your life and disqualify you from your destiny.
The children of Israel "limited God" (Psalm 78:41) and did not reach their destiny. Why? Numbers 13 shows us that they made a bunch of excuses as to why they couldn't conquer their Promised Land. All of their reasons were true. Yet, they were still excuses and their excuses stripped them of their power and they were unable to fulfill their destiny. Let's learn from their mistake.
9. Excuses will put success out of reach.
You may not be certain on how you will become successful, whatever success means to you. However, you can begin to move towards that destiny today by simply removing all the excuses. Take the power to change back. Take regular, small steps towards your destiny and you will get there!
Question: What excuse are you making today that is holding you back?