"Yeah, but", you don't understand my situation." Yeah, but" you don't understand my childhood". "Yeah, but" I have a reason to be angry" "Yeah, but", you don't see the things I do every day". Yeah, but, I can't make it to church.
Do you suppose God accounted for all our Yabutts?
I think back on the first time I came into my relationship with Christ and how much I've learned since then. I listen to lots of opinions and thoughts about how things should be or why things should be the way they are. I smile because the deeper we go, the more we know. Sometimes we are just dipping our toes in. Especially in the beginning, or if we don't really want to give up control.
I bet my Pastor smiles when he thinks of all the things I've said in the past 8 years. I'll never forget the one day that I walked into church, completely full of questions from my weeks worth of Bible reading. I said, "Pastor, does Begot mean having intimate relations? I'll never forget the look he gave me. He said I don't think so. I said, Yeah, but it says this person begot so and so and this person begot so and so, and that seems to be how the earth was replenished with people. I think back on that moment, I have no idea how that man kept from busting out in laughter. But he didn't, he simply said, "well, that's interesting, I've never heard that one before." I bet I had many situations like that. He never made me feel stupid, and he entertained many of my wild roller coaster vents.
Today someone commented about how they trust people until they give them a reason not to. Yeah, but, if you're keeping score, then are you really free? Are you allowing people, as God allows you, to be free to explore their own options, make mistakes, learn. I mean, isn't that where you got where you are?
Someone else shared with me today about how they know someone who is still holding a grudge over someone who make a mistake over 20 years ago. Yeah, but, in the last 20 years they've probably saved more lives, more marriages, and made more differences in more lives and anyone else I know. But you are still going to remember the one thing they did that they learned from?
We are continually growing. Don't get too hard on people, and don't get too hard on yourself. People need to know that they have hope and a reason to make it. Sometimes we have to get out of our self induced habits of "yeah, buts" and just do.
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
Jesus, help us recognize when we are using excuses instead of trusting Your Truth. Help us encourage others and be humble in our way towards others. Thank you for allowing us time to grow and learn and thank you for guiding us.