Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Antidotes to those Excuses...!

Let's look again at those pesky, all too-familiar excuses. This time, let yourself feel how "true" the excuse may be to you. Then, just for kicks and giggles, try on the antidote to the excuse ... repeat it to yourself (even outloud - yeah, g'head, scare the spouse, the kids, the co-worker and the neighbors!), and see if you can allow it to be as true, or even possibly truer, than the excuse has been for you.

And, just because scriptures started coming, unbidden, to my mind, I thought I'd share what occurred to me, as I was reading these for the first time, myself. (These are taken from "Excuses Begone!" by Dr. Wayne Dyer, pp. 62-64 -- Highly recommended!).

Here goes:

~ "It will be too difficult."
Antidote: "I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort."
Scripture: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)

~ "It's going to be risky."
Antidote: Being myself involves no risks. It's my ultimate truth, and I live it fearlessly.
Scripture: God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” (Gen 1:26) (note: like begats like)

~ "It will take a long time."
Antidote: I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny.
Scripture: "Having been confident of this very thing, that He who did begin in you a good work, will perform it till a day of Jesus Christ." (Phil 1:6)

~ There will be family drama."
Antidote: I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not.
Scriptures: "And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and father child, and children shall rise up against parents, and shall put them to death..." (Mt. 10:21)
"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master'
"If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..." (Jn 5:20)
"It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Lk 1:17)

~ I don't deserve it."
Antidote: "I am a Divine creation, a piece of God. Therefore, I cannot be undeserving.
Scriptures: "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." (Acts 17:21)
"Jesus answered them, 'Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?'" (John 10:34)

~ "It's not my nature."
Antidote: "My essential nature is perfect and faultless. It is to this nature that I return."
Scripture: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." (Gen 1:31)

~ "I can't afford it."
Antidote: "I am connected to an unlimited Source of abundance."
Scripture: "You are ever with Me - and I have is yours." (says God: Lk 15:31)

~ "No one will help me."
Antidote: "The right circumstances and the right people are already here and will show up on time."
Scripture: "Trust in God with all your heart - lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Prov. 3:5,6)

~ "It has never happened before."
Antidote: I am willing to attract all I desire, beginning here and now."
Scripture: "Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Ps 37:4)

~ "I'm not strong enough."
Antidote: "I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being."
Scripture: "My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth." (Ps 121:2)

"I'm not smart enough."
Antidote: I am a creation of the Divine Mind. all is perfect, and I am a genius in my own right."
Scripture: "We have the Mind of Christ." (1 Cor 2:16)

"I'm too old (or not old enough)."
Antidote: "I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am."
Scripture: "I will praise You, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." (Ps 139:14)

~ "The rules won't let me."
Antidote: "I live my life according to Divine rules."
Scripture: "What is that to you? You follow Me." (Jn 21:22)

~ "It's too big."
Antidote: "I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small, I accomplish great things."
Scripture: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Mt 6:34)

~ "I don't have the energy."
Antidote: "I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy."
Scripture: "Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary." (Is 40:31)

~ "It's my personal family history."
Antidote: "I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child."
Scripture: "When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things." (1 Cor 13:11)

~ "I'm too busy."
Antidote: "As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul."
Scripture: "Be still, and know that I Am God." (Ps 46:10)

~ "I'm too scared."
Antidote: "I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, because I know that I'm never alone."
Scriptures: "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me." (Ps 139:7-10)
"So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows." (Mt 10:31)
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (Jn 14:27)
"For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!'" (Rom 8:15)
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love." (1 Jn 4:18)

Next, I'd like to explore some principles in overcoming the excuses that limit, and cripple, us...

Shalom, Dena


Paige said...

Thank you Dena! :)

Just what I needed this morning.


MysticBrit said...

Fine stuff, my friend. I'm spreading this around!:)

Stephanie said...

Now you're talking to me, LOL!

Dena said...

Glad I could be of service...! :)

If any of y'all happens to hone in on an excuse of your OWN, and you care to share (to help others see their own blind-stuff), feel free...!

I'll be sharing some of the things I'm working on ... the "stinkin' thinkin'" that I'm uncovering, and want to let go of ...