No buts

24 08 2011

Bear Grylls could have had any number of excuses not to proceed with his attempt to clinb Everest –

  • it’s too tough
  • I’m exhausted
  • I’m too young
  • it’s dangerous
  • it’s not what I expected

He triumphed in his mission because somehow he was able to put the buts to one side and focus on what he wanted to accomplish.

When it comes to following Jesus, we can make up our own personal excuses.  I’m pretty good at it – when I’ve got more time, tomorrow, if I feel like it.  I’m in a long tradition of excuse-makers.  Luke 9:57-62 gives some examples of people who were bold enough to say “but first” to Jesus’ face.  It’s not that they didn’t want to follow, but following had to be on their terms. 

A bit like me. 

A bit like you?

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