Five Minute Friday — Excuse

Someone pointed out it was Sunday and still no Five Minute Friday. Hmmm. I guess I should do something about that.

I’m not making an EXCUSE {wait, that’s the prompt!} although I will offer I was on the road all day Friday and was visiting with Santa for a good portion of Saturday. And since I do like to participate in the exercise, here we are. After I post, I’ll get together and share witg my fellow writers at Kate’s spot on Facebook at

To entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Lizzy. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“Five Minute Friday has meant to me a way to sit down and write, almost journal, snippet like entries of of what my life at any given point of time looks like. A way to record and share these so that these simple moments aren’t lost. It’s a time to put memories in my treasure box.”

There you go. Now the timer is set, so it’s time to GO…

I got stuck at work.

My watch stopped.

I just didn’t have time.

I was running late all day.

The dog ate my homework.

I was out of town.

Not tonight, I have  headache.

I’ll get to it later.

I overslept.

Aliens abducted me.

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses, although I did like that last one.

But in reality, they aren’t excuses. They’re reasons why we didn’t do what we promised to do. Some of them may have some validity, but most are, well, nothing more than excuses.

It happens in our everyday life. It happens in our prayer life.

I thought about God while writing this {late as usual because I WAS on the road Friday, but slacked off Saturday}. I bet He has heard all the excuses in the world … and then some. He’s heard why we weren’t able to give Him a moment of thanks. He’s heard why we weren’t able to give Him five minutes in the Word or an hour at church. He’s heard it. He’s heard it. He’s heard it.

We like to make excuses, …STOP

… but truth be known it’s because we have our priorities out of whack. If we’re late, there may be valid reasons {like getting preoccupied at work}, but the root is work was more important than the appointment or family or engagement. I know. I was an expert at excuses — especially when it came to leaving work on time and turning my attention to family. I know. I am an expert at telling God to wait for me rather than the other way around. But I also know when I delay my time in the Word, my day takes a turn for the worse. I know when I don’t take the time to say thanks to the Lord, those blessings wane. I know when I don’t feel His presence with me on my daily walk, that road becomes a lot more rocky.

This week’s challenge is to pack the excuses away.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. — Rosalynn Carter



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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Excuse

  1. Yes, The Big G has heard them all.

    Though maybe not this one…”I couldn’t do my homework because we had a toga party in the dorm and someone brought a mule and the mule urinated on my laptop, and here it is, take a whiff if you don’t believe me!”

    I did, and regretted it. The kid got a pass on that one.

    #1 at FMF this week.


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