Excuses

Proverbs 26:13 KJV

[13] The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

When one is determined to achieve something, nothing can discourage him. Making excuses for not doing something only means we do not want it badly enough. “You can have results. You can have excuses. You however cannot have both” (Stephen Luke).

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Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Life is never a straight line, but if we will be honest with ourselves, things usually have a way of working out by themselves, especially as children of God. “No matter what happens, just know that God has a plan for you. Just have a little faith and everything will work out” (Anonymous).

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Don’t waste your life

2 Timothy 4:7 KJV[7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

A good way to not waste one’s life is to identify your God-given calling and beside all other endeavors, stick to it. “…If I wanted to come to the end of my life and not say, “I’ve wasted it!”, then I would need to press all the way in, and all the way up, to the ultimate purpose of God and join him in it…” (John Piper).

Contentment 

Philippians 4:11 KJV[11] Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Our happiness should not be determined by what we have or do not have. We should be grateful for whatever we do have, instead of griping about what we do not have. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has” (Epictetus).

Prospects 

Esther 2:5-6 KJV[5] Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai…Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity.

Esther 10:3 KJV

[3] For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews,

The fact that you are not where you would like to be does not reduce your inherent value. We must all start from somewhere to get to where we would ultimately want to be. Between now and then, everything that happens, good or bad, will work out leading to that place. “When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing in your life is insignificant” (Rick Warren).

Secular

Colossians 3:23 KJVAnd whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

We cannot all leave our secular jobs to preach the gospel. We can however give the best we can at whatever activity we are involved in in ways that give glory to God. “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in craftsmanship” (Martin Luther).

Examine Yourself 

2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV [5] Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 

We update our résumés often when watching out for career opportunities. In the same way, while running the Christian race towards the goal which we’ve been called for, it is expedient to take time to check oneself to ensure we are moving forward and not in the same place we started. “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates).