"Excuses, excuses"

Sometimes it seems easier to rationalize failures than to make spiritual progress.

A Few years back I was employed by a small firm that was owned by a very businesslike and efficient woman. One of the lessons I learned from her was to recognize when I was making excuses. We often had brief conversations, which she started by asking me a question. When I began to give what I thought was a valid answer, she would interrupt me by saying, "Excuses, excuses" and end the conversation.

Now, I admit that I didn't see the lesson the first few times this happened. In fact, I felt she was being very unfair by not listening to what I thought were perfectly good explanations of why things were the way they were. Then one week, as I was reading the Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly, I stumbled over a verse in the Bible. The part of the verse that stood out to me was "Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" Gal. 5:7. By stumbled I mean that it stuck in my thought each day as I read it. It was as though the Bible were saying to me, "Excuses, excuses."

Humility—the first step
July 27, 1987

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