Five Minute Friday: Excuse


The weather has gotten colder and basketball season is gearing up.

I’ve enjoyed having some evenings at home this week.  It’s harder to go out when it’s cold.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the FMF community.

This week’s word: excuse.


Have you ever stopped to think about why you make an excuse for something?

Sometimes our behavior is irrational. We’re trying to avoid pain, maybe. We’re trying to protect ourselves.

Sometimes that behavior is governed by a core belief we don’t even know we have. Sometimes we cling to irrational beliefs.

Looking them square in the face and deconstructing them helps.
Getting another person’s perspective helps. (As long as they don’t share your irrational beliefs.)

Prayer helps.

It’s so very hard to tell ourselves the truth.

So many times it isn’t pretty.

The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, after all.

It even deceives ourselves. Especially ourselves.

So, making excuses might just be clue.

A clue to the real motives behind behavior. A peek at the irrational beliefs that are really driving us.

It might hurt to look closer, but, ultimately, the path of truth is better.


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5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Excuse

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Wow, this is so true!

    I used to exercise to excess, an was always looking for an excuse to undergo MORE pain…you know, no pain, no gain.

    I was terribly fit (and had to be, for my job), but took it beyond what was needed. It became a point, not of pride, but of fear that if I let up, I’d tomorrow become a whimpering whining blob of self-pity, never to hit the peak o strength again, always finding excuses to go to Starbucks instead of the gym.

    #1 at FMF this wee.

  2. Lesley

    This is so true! It’s easy to deceive ourselves and justify our decisions and actions when really we’re just making excuses. Having people who will be honest enough to help us see the truth is valuable.


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