Worry-boy

Excuses, Excuses

Leadership / Personal Development //

1 Peter 4:19 “So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” (NLT)

Read Acts 14:8-20.

Before starting any task, most people will decide on some limits. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we decide how many problems we are willing to deal with before we will give up.
“I’ll work until I feel tired. I’m sorry, I didn’t expect it to be so hot today. I need to take a break. Oh, it looks like it’s about to rain, I guess I need to quit working for the day.”
It’s easy to invent excuses the moment something becomes a little bit difficult. However, when it comes to doing what is right, excuses and quitting should be the last thing on our minds. In this Bible Story, Paul had what most would call a legitimate reason for giving up, the people had tried to kill him! But bloody and bruised, Paul got up and went back into the city. He continued telling others about Jesus and no excuse would make him give up. We should have that same attitude. We have the same mission that Paul had: To tell others about Jesus. And we should never choose to give up on that mission.

Read 1 Peter 4:19. What are some things you feel like giving up on as you strive to do what is right? Spend time in prayer this week asking God to help you to endure. Pray for the strength and patience you will need to continue. Put your life into His hands knowing He will never fail you.

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Mike Johnson has been the Global Children’s Pastor of Fellowship Church since 1993. In that time, he has seen FC Kids grow from 150 to over 4,000 children at 9 Fellowship Church campuses in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina. Mike has a passion to reach children with the love of Christ and to teach them how to apply the principles of the Bible to become the leaders that God designed them to be. In addition to his responsibilities as a Children’s Pastor, Mike Johnson is the Executive Producer of Elevate resources on ElevateAtChurch.com and LeadershipForKids.tv. Mike has a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Masters degree in Christian Education with a Children’s emphasis. In his spare time, Mike enjoys sculpting, carpentry, movies and most of all, spending time with his family.