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What’s Your Excuse?

Posted on: 7-15-112012

“You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”

This is a quote from Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic runner with no legs from South Africa.  Oscar competed this year in the 2012 Olympic games even though he wears prosthetics on both legs.  He is known as “the blade runner” and as “the fastest man with no legs.”  Pistorius has lived with no legs since he was 11 months old and  had to have both legs amputated.  He has also excelled in water polo, tennis, and rugby.  When I saw him run his qualifying race on Saturday, I was completely blown away by him.  It was amazing to watch him!  When he qualified to go on, I can assure you I had tears in my eyes.  What an inspiration to everyone who has heard his story or seen him in action.  After the race, they interviewed him and this is when I heard him say the words I quoted above.  Not only was he inspiring to watch run, he was also inspiring to hear speak.  His words have stuck with me for the past few days and every time I think about them, my mind immediately goes to the following Scripture:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

It’s so easy to make excuses for why we can’t do the things we are called to do by God.  We can spout off a list of “disabilities” we have which render us unable to accomplish what God has planned for us.  But, truthfully, we have no excuses!  God’s Word says we can do “all” things…and He means ALL!  There’s only one stipulation in this verse…you can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST!  We can do anything we set out to do if we do it through Him and not through our own strength, talents, abilities, and capabilities.  When we allow His strength, talents, abilities, and capabilities to work through us, nothing is impossible.  There is no mountain too high to climb, no obstacle too great to overcome, and no disability that cannot be turned into our greatest asset.  Is there something that God has been calling you to do that you’ve been avoiding or putting off?  What’s your excuse for not doing it?  Are you trusting in your own strengths or are you trusting in His?  Think about this…if Oscar Pistorius had simply given excuses, He wouldn’t have been running in the Olympics.  He would’ve missed out on so much that God had planned for him.  I can guarantee that he’s glad that he didn’t concentrate on his disabilities, but on his abilities instead.

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