What’s Your Excuse?
If there was ever a person who had a good excuse as to why he couldn’t, it would be Robert Reed. Here’s a man who suffered from an extreme case of cerebral palsy. The simplest of tasks that we consider second nature like walking, bathing, brushing our teeth, combing our hair, feeding ourselves, etc. are huge hurdles for him. This genetic disease keeps him from driving a car, riding a bike, or just going for a walk. Yet, even with this debilitating disease, he still graduated from high school and college, became a professor, and eventually went on five overseas mission trips. FIVE!
At one point he moved to Portugal where he rented a hotel room and began to study Portuguese. A restaurant owner would feed him after the crowd was gone and he found a Portuguese tutor who taught him the language and customs of the country. He then stationed himself in a park daily where he handed out brochures about Jesus. Within six years he led 70 people to the Lord. Why? Because he chose not to offer any excuses.
I tell you this story, not so you feel bad about what you have or haven’t done, but so you can feel blessed and empowered to do something worthwhile! If someone like Robert Reed can live his “seemingly hampered” life with such a “God-filled” purpose, then most of us have no excuse as to why we’re not. It’s easy to look at certain experiences in life as crippling. But regardless of the experiences, God gives us a choice on how we react, and subsequently act?
It’s the simple choice between being a victor or a victim.
If you’re struggling, remember Robert and then ask yourself, “Are my hindrances any more disabling than his?” Then choose to be a Victor for God.
I will warn you though; it’s not the easier or more obvious choice. In many circles, it’s definitely not the more popular decision, and at times, it can be fraught with obstacles and hardships. But, from my own experience, it is hands-down the best choice.
It is my personal goal to choose to be the victor, when I naturally want to be the victim, and work harder to live purposefully for God.
BUT AS FOR YOU, BE STRONG AND DO NOT GIVE UP, FOR YOUR WORK WILL BE REWARDED.