Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Excuses, excuses

Last year my middle school girls' group studied this awesome book on the fruits of the Spirit, and I was really struck by the chapter on faithfulness. The author, Elizabeth George, talked about the many excuses we make for not doing certain things, and then listed the attitude represented by each excuse--attitudes that are the opposite of faithfulness:

Tiredness--I can't do it.

Laziness-I don't want to do it.

Hopelessness--It doesn't matter if I do it.

Procrastination--I'll do it later.

Rationalization--Someone else will do it.

Apathy--I don't care if I do it.

Rebellion--I won't do it.

Yikes--so convicting! Which one(s) do you most struggle with? My downfalls are not wanting to do something (laziness) and putting certain things off until later (procrastination).

(If you know me in real life, you may be laughing at my admission of procrastination since I tend to be a go-getter--however, I assure you I can be quite adept at avoiding tasks I find less than enjoyable!)


Katie said...


Truly a convicting list indeed!! I would have to say my top 3 excuses would dabble between tiredness, laziness, and procrastination. Tiredness would definitely be tops during the first few months after I've had my babies and haven't adjusted to the new schedules ~ or ~ when hubby's been away on deployments... Laziness settles in when I do have a new schedule yet am still not used to things and find other things to do instead! Procrastination has been one that has been a weakness of mine long before marriage...and the hills of laundry on my couch right now are testimony to that! (I keep justifying in my mind that I've tried to get to it but I'm too spent after a busy day...truth be told, I could choose to work it in somehow.) :-)

I wonder if Elizabeth George pondered adding "selfishness" to that list ~ "I'd rather be doing something else!" I would be convicted there as well.

thehomespunheart said...

Hey Carrie - yes, I'm finding it hard to believe you procrastinate!

But, I would say that is the hardest one for me too!

Kristin said...

That was a great list of conviction! I would have to say that I tend towards tiredness and laziness. But the comment about selfishness really hits the nail on the head I think! I want "my" time to do "my" things when there might be (or are) some other priorities! I may justify it saying I don't want to do something, but in reality, I think I'm usually just wanting to do something that caters more to my desires than that thing. Good food for thought! Thanks!

eanderso said...

Hmm. I don't seem to struggle with any of this list, which must be why you married me : ). Ha.

Actually, when have you ever procrastinated something? I'd have to really think to answer that for you, unless you count going through piles in the spare closet or something like that in which everyone procrastinates.

gail said...

i would say that i do all of them EXCEPT rebellion and rationalization, tho my rebellion is probably tiredness, laziness and apathy! and i love the books elizabeth george writes =)

Dayna (Spear) Guenther said...

Laziness and procrastination are my worst ones too! Great thought about those being the opposite of faithfulness! I want to be faithful to the LOVE of my LIFE, Jesus! I do not want to "go after [other] lovers" (Hosea 2:5)!

Mom said...

Yes, this is a convicting list of excuses -- most of which apply to me at one time or another or at least during some seasons of my life. (I think we can all be quite adept at avoiding tasks we find less than enjoyable -- but I don't really think of you as a procrastinator!) Love you, Mom

Bevy said...

This post reminds me of a quote I stumbled upon and I even included it in one of my recent posts. It says (I'm not sure if it's word for word) something like...

"Where the heart is willing there a thousand reasons. Where the heart is unwilling there are a thousand excuses".

(I forget who the author of this quote is, or where I got it from).

But, regardless. I think that pretty much sums it up for me, right there. Procastination.

Our Lives said...

E.G. is a very convincing writer for moms young or old. I have a few of her books, and I still flip through them every now and then when I need some Godly reminders of what my roles as wife and mother means to my family. I have just posted about a laziness in me this past Tuesday. You may want to join in just to give your self a perk on taking care of some back logs {if you still have some left}. :) This is Amy's AP link party in case you are interested. http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2010/03/anti-procrastination-tuesdays-3.html