"But, I can't put the dishes away. I can't reach the cabinet."
"But, I can't take the trash out. It's raining."
"But, I didn't have time to do my homework."
"But, I am not any good at math."
"But, I forgot you asked me to clean my room."
"But, why should I be nice when she is so rude to me?"
"But, I am too busy to do that for you."
"But, I just couldn't do what you are doing."
"But, I don't want to..."
We learn pretty early how to make excuses, how to shift blame, how to absolve ourselves from responsibility or guilt. As I read the above passage of Scripture, I was reminded of the danger of making excuses. You see, God is preparing a banquet, and I desperately want to be in attendance. There is a place card with my name on it, and I don't want to forfeit my seat. I want to dine with my Savior. I want to break bread with Almighty God. I want to be with Him, to live in awe of Him for all eternity. I know that there is plenty of room at His table, but I also know that in order to get in the door my name has to be on the guest list. I don't want to get to the door and merely offer an excuse, something like, "But, I was really busy, and I just forgot. Can't I come in anyway?" God is clear about what the answer will be, and I never want to be too busy for Him. Instead, I want to be the one who is so excited about my invitation to the banquet that I am searching the highways and hedges looking for more people to present with invitations.
I am determining that this will not be a year of excuses but a year of choosing to honor my Lord in all that I do.