Escaped Convict’s Excuse

An escaped convict from the Butte County Jail in California was captured and questioned by sheriff’s deputies. He explained his absence this way- I was pole vaulting and got too close to the wall and accidentally fell over the wall. When I regained my senses, I ran around the building trying to find my way back in. But since I didn’t know the area, I got lost. The next thing I knew I was in another town.

Sometimes our excuses can seem pretty shallow. Jesus gave a parable about a man who invited friends to a feast but each one came up with an excuse why he couldn’t attend. The Lord was making the point that we often rely on flimsy excuses for not doing what He really wants us to do with our time.

What thing are you procrastinating on right now? What flimsy excuses are you using to justify your behavior? The Lord can see right through them so why not put them behind you and start redeeming the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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