No More Excuses

no-excuses-white-design-280When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways.1 Corinthians 13:11 (Good News)

Recently, I had a conversation with one of my sons. He lovingly reminded me of some limitations that were imbedded in his head because of some of the things I, being the great father that I am, told and taught him. I apologized for that, but I told him that as an adult he was now responsible to evaluate the things he learned as a child in light of God’s Word and make the appropriate adjustment.

In other words, I wanted him to know that although we may have unknowingly planted seeds in him that have created fear or doubt; but he now has the responsibility to evaluate his life in light of God’s Word, choose the path of obedience and faith, and not to make excuses.

Now, I understand that our parents meant well and we as parents mean well also when we do the same to our children. But it is important to note that things taught in error, even with the best of intentions, are still incorrect.

Just because we have learned something from our beloved parents, life teachers or spiritual leaders, does not mean it was right and definitely should be reevaluated for accuracy before we pass it on. Faith in God in every aspect of our lives is the lesson we should both learn and teach.

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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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10 comments on “No More Excuses
  1. “As an adult he was now responsible to evaluate the things he learned as a child in light of God’s Word and make the appropriate adjustment.” This is a good word.

    When I joined our worship team eight years ago, I spent the first three trying desperately to “be seen an not heard.” That doesn’t work very well when the object is to *lead*! There have been many other “parentisms” that I’ve had to re-evaluate in light of the Word – especially since neither of my parents were “practicing” Christians when I was growing up.

    Thanks for “giving me permission” to re-evaluate what I was taught. At 50+ I shouldn’t need it…but it helps. 😉

    \o/

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  2. Great advice Sebastian and I agree but you did lay a foundation of Love and you confirm it now, Love is always the Key and the eraser of all mistakes, God works everything out for good because we really Love Him and because He knew we would, He chose us.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  3. My first thought as I read this was; “us as parents wrong??” As a nonbeliever that is what I thought. But now as a follower of Christ, every day that I live, I realize how wrong I was in some of my teaching to my kids. But the other thought that I had was going along with what you shared with your son; “Be a Berean”. As the Apostle Paul said, go to the scriptures and verify every single word that hear, so that you will know it is “The Truth”. I now tell people not to take my word for anything, I am a flawed and cracked pot. Go to the Word of Truth and check it out. Thank you for sharing this post! 🙂

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  4. nopew says:

    Very mature spiritual thinking here. Of course, Ezekiel 18 is an extended “word” on this very thing, and that chapter means a lot to me, and in my teaching.
    PS
    My daughters have pointed out things to us that we failed at, as well. Both humbling personally, but exciting to see them encountering God in their own way.
    Peace

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you for your kindness and yes…to the account of Ezekiel 18 and your personal point. It is important that each of us who call His Name accept our responsibility in serving the Lord. When it is all said and done, we will give an account for ourselves and there will not be any excuses!
      Peace my Brother!

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