are you making time or excuses?

If you want to do something, you make time for it. If you don’t, you say, “I wish I could!” then make excuses.

I say I can’t give more, but I’m happy to treat myself to a cup of coffee or lunch from Panera. I make the excuse that what I spend on those things isn’t enough to give. But if we saved our $5 from getting coffee every day from just Monday to Friday, we’d have $25 a week to give. If math isn’t your strong point, that’s $100 a month! You can’t tell me $100 a month wouldn’t have an impact on someone in need!

I don’t LOVE working out. But I know it’s good for my body. Each day I can choose to find time or find an excuse. I have to keep my mentality in the proper place too. I have to daily remind myself that I don’t workout to lose a bunch of weight or be super fit. That I want to strengthen myself to accomplish the things God has called me to do. There are days I make excuses: I’m too tired. I’m too lazy. The day got away from me. I just don’t feel like it. I’ve learned though, how much better I feel when I make the time for this simple act every day.

I don’t always love eating healthy! But I know it’s good for my body. I can choose to eat healthy or make excuses as to why it’s too hard. I’m over dieting and choose to lead a healthy lifestyle. No more ‘cheat meals’ for me! I enjoy all foods, even if they would be on a ‘forbidden foods’ list of a typical ‘diet’…. like pizza and s’mores! Again, I do my best to choose foods that will fuel my body for the work ahead of me. I don’t eat perfectly and I no longer stress about it! 🥗

Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship.

I don’t LOVE getting up at 5AM. But getting up at early allows me time to be in the Word, pray, get myself together and enjoy some coffee before the kids get up. I create a routine to fit that need…. which means I go to bed early so I can get up early. Some days I make excuses: I went to bed too late. I don’t feel like getting up. Just 10 more minutes. Once again, I’ve learned my days run much more smoothly when I get out of bed when my alarm goes off! ☀️☕️

Our family does LOVE camping! So guess what? We completely make time for it. Greg takes time off of work. We rearrange our homeschool schedule. We plan, prepare, make reservations, pack, and GO! This has almost become a nonnegotiable for us. We have found the family time when we can get away, free from distractions, to be invaluable.

Another thing that we love and make time for is hunting. Operation fill the freezer will be underway starting Saturday and I can. not. wait. Even though I don’t go hunting, Greg will go and try to take the kids at least once each season. He makes the time to go before work by getting up early and I don’t complain when he wants to go! I love venison, so it’s a good trade off!

So you see, we make time for what we love, and make excuses for what we don’t. However, just because we don’t love something doesn’t mean we don’t do it, right? We all have the same 24 hours a day. We all make excuses— including me! Stop looking at other people and wonder how they get it all done and start looking to yourself. Evaluate how you spend your time and your resources. If it’s important to you, make time for it. Figure it out. Stop making excuses. 🕰

Most importantly, seek God first. Be a Matthew 6:33 person. Something I’m learning to do is taking MY to-do list, MY wants, anything that is MINE to the Lord and saying, “What would You have my to do today?”

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

I think you will find when you surrender your days to the Lord, that you have more time, more resources. Why? You will start saying no. It will free up the space to say yes to those things that really matter. From working out, to giving, to your job, your family, and your home, this idea of “Are you making time or excuses?” can be applied.

What will you make time for today? What will you refuse to make excuses for any longer?

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