It doesn’t matter the vocation, making excuses for inactivity, disobedience, and lack of follow thru has been around since the Garden of Eden. Adam clearly understood his job responsibility as Caretaker of God’ garden however, temptation got the best of him. Adam’s response to sin is candidly similar to our response today. God called out to Adam in Gen.3-9, “Where are you?” Adam replied in v.10 “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Excuse #1) Then in v.11 God said to Adam, “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” Adam said in v.11, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” (Excuse #2) Adam sold Eve out and he not only blamed her and he also blamed God. I wander how the story would have been written if Adam held Eve and himself accountable for their disobedience. Proverbs 28:13 says,”Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
So on this Columbus Day, I pray that we all discover that we are stronger than our excuses! The path of least resistance is never the best path to take!