What’s your but? You know the reason (or dare I say excuse) you give for why you couldn’t possibly do the thing that’s stirring in your heart and mind.
Your Intrusive Companion
When faced with the task of stepping out and starting something new, the buts are in no short supply typically.
But I don’t know enough.
But I don’t have the money.
But I really don’t have the time.
But the kids are too small.
But what will others think.
But he/she can do it so much better than I.
The laundry lists of buts have a way of butting right up against our self-confidence and faith in the instructions that we received. And we are not alone of being assailed by that big-bully-but. In Jeremiah 1:4-8, we see God’s call and proclamation to Jeremiah that he had set aside a specific assignment for him to do before he was even born.
Yet even when hearing this from God, it didn’t stop Jeremiah from giving voice to his buts. He felt that his age and his lack of speaking knowledge certainly counted him out of that call. But God didn’t see things the same way. In fact he told Jeremiah to do not even rehearse his buts (my paraphrase).
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, I am only a child.” You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
The Antidote for the Buts
Within those few lines, we find the antidote for our buts:
- Don’t rehearse your buts
- Just follow the instructions you have been given. (In other words do what you know to know until you have further instructions)
- When faced with the feeling of fear, remind yourself that God hasn’t sent you out alone. He is with you.
An antidote is needed because the buts have a way of immobilizing us and leaving us in a place unproductivity. Just because the buts are speaking does not mean you have to give them the last word.
Give ‘em the boot instead!
What buts have you found yourself rehearsing lately?
What ways have you found to move past your own excuses ?