The Origin of Every Excuse is The Failure to do Something
Some years ago I heard a tale about an old Cherokee chief that was teaching his grandson about life – The story went something like this: “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self- pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on in you – and inside every other person, too. Do you know which wolf will win? (It’s the one you feed.)”
My guess is many of you have heard this allegory before. I personally believe there is a lot of truth found in it. However, please allow me to add two words to the description of the evil wolf – that would be ‘Excuse Making’. My presumption is that some, if not many of us, make excuses for not doing something (at times) when we know we should be doing a certain activity – Am I wrong? Or, perhaps I’m just speaking to myself.
I’ll talk about myself and you can see if any of this hits home with you. There are times, even with the best intensions, that I make excuses for not studying the Bible or Educational Bible studies/writings. There are even times that I make excuses for lack of prayer. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often but it does happen. I used to beat myself up for ‘missing the mark’ or a made up standard that I thought the Father wanted for me.
Though I made/make excuses (feeding the evil wolf) I am learning that the Father is patient with me but lets me know when I start to feed the wrong wolf. I have found that when I pray for strength to overcome the excuse making He gives me the extra strength needed to overcome that ‘evil’ wolf, thus feeding the ‘good’ wolf. And when this happens (feeding the good wolf) I feel so much better, and feel like I’m closer to being in the center of the Father’s will. And that’s a good thing!
Now, when I catch myself starting to make an excuse (you know, feed that evil wolf) – I recognize it, admit it, learn from it, and then let it go. I also know every new day is a chance to make changes in my life so I can better feed the good wolf.
As time is winding down, and it quickly is, those who are making excuses – wake up! We need to honestly look at ourselves and ask ‘which wolf are we feeding?’ What say you?
Remember, the origin of every excuse is the failure to do something.