Tag: Excuses

Disciplined Leaders…Part 2

The bigger picture of discipline focuses on the importance of understanding “self-discipline.” Scripture emphasizes the necessity of discipline. Paul spoke of fathers disciplining their children, God disciplining those whom He loves, and the need to discipline our own bodies.

Examining areas that shape the development of discipline in our lives, we find the need to challenge and eliminate excuses.

Whether we talk about leaders or followers, there is a great tendency to make excuses why we are not involved or accomplishing a task, “I would, but…”

We cannot allow excuses to hinder us from achieving the greatness God will accomplish through us.

Leading on the Fringe…

Consider the excuses made to avoid involvement with people identified as on the fringe.

The list is not exhaustive, but it includes the following.

1) They are not interested.
2) We are not prepared to handle their baggage.
3) They might steal something.
4) They are just cons.
5) The government helps them.

Notice the emphasis on the pronouns. We construct barriers between us and them, one separated by excuses to justify inactivity.

Yes, there are abuses, which we allow to paint the picture of the whole. Why do we fall into this trap?

The answer is not easy, nor comfortable, but we need to answer it to make change.