(The book I reference is "Excuses Be Gone!" by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer -- and I do recommend it thus-far -- I'm currently half-way through it, and vastly enjoying it.)
'Tis my belief (your mileage may vary) that we are meant to live the Abundant Life. Not the "So-So" Life. Not the "Getting-By (But Just Barely)" Life. Not the "Hanging On 'Til Jesus Comes Back to Rescue Me" Life. Not even the "Christian Life". The Abundant Life is the only one Jesus ever spoke of.
If He's offering, I'm taking!
So, if He's offering, and it's available here and now (it's "at hand"), and if I'm *not* experiencing it, I figure that there must be something in the way, on MY end.
I've learned by now that the only thing that can come between me and what I'm meant to have, is my own skewy thinking. I have met the enemy and it be me (loose paraphrase that nonetheless works!).
So, what's wrong with my thinking?
Only the lies I believe, and the excuses I tell myself. I continuously tell myself a "story" in my head ... and if I believe it, it becomes my reality. It's how I co-create, for good or for harm. Since I have the choice (and I do!), why not examine what I believe, why not listen-in on the story I tell myself, why not scrutinize the excuses I'm using, and see if it's all TRUE?!?
I love this quote by Henry David Thoreau:
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
You catch that word "conscious"...? Yeah, this requires a wee bit of intentionality on our part ... we are participants in the glorious life we're living...!
"Come up higher." "Take every thought captive." "As a man thinks in his own heart, so is he."
What if it's our *responsibility* to stop living unconsciously, wake up in the pig-sty of our own making, come to our senses, and start living consciously -- awakened..?
Don't like how your life is playing out? Re-interpret the past scenes, and re-write the present (& the future will follow)...!
If you're up for it, why not join me on an exploration into some commonly-used excuses, that tend to clog up our thinking, and thus limit our life-experience...?
Tomorrow we can peek into this one: "Change Will Be Too Difficult."