[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 11: I Am Not Ready!

[Monday Success Reflections with Apeh] 11: I Am Not Ready!

Hello friend,

11: I Am Not Ready

It is always a joy to me to have the privilege to share this moment of your life and time with you. I really appreciate it and want it to last forever. Today, in Monday Success Reflections, I want to share with you an excerpt from John Stanko who has been one of my many virtual mentors. I have been following him since January 2, 2006 when I first received his newsletter in my email, after reading one of his books. Here, he probes into how ready we really are to confront our call and purpose and I think it will bless you as we reflect on it together. I have done a few adds/removes but all credit still goes to him.

Moses is one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament, but he was just like you and me. He was willing to do God’s will to a point, but then he began to produce excuses that he hoped would exempt him from going back to Egypt, a job he clearly didn’t want to do. His first excuse was, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:11). That was an expression of his poor self-esteem and estimate of his inability to carry out the task.

Next Moses tried a different ploy, claiming that he wasn’t ready to go. I know you have never offered that excuse, but just in case you are ever tempted to do so, perhaps you should read on and see how to handle this thinking.

WHAT SHALL I TELL THEM?

What did Moses say exactly? He said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13). Moses was trying to talk God out of His decision to send Moses, and Moses was saying in so many words, “I am not ready. I don’t have all the information I need. I need to know more about God and be better equipped to handle people’s objections and questions. I need more education and training. “

I have encountered people who do the same thing. They have a clear mandate and burden to do something. Yet they tell me things like, “I’m praying about it,” but they really aren’t. Sometimes they tell me, “I don’t have the education or training,” or “I am not spiritual enough; I have to get this or that fixed in my life before I go and do.” Have you ever offered those excuses? Are you employing them now in some aspect of your life, ministry or work?

You may truly need more training or education, and you may need to address a lack or problem in your life. Yet those issues don’t disqualify you from doing something today to see God’s will furthered in your life. Usually, you can address your issues while you are fulfilling your purpose instead of before even trying to fulfill it. Don’t try to figure out all the implications of God’s will before you start doing it; start doing it and make your changes and improvements as you go.

MIGHTY IN BATTLE

Hebrews 11:34-35 states, “Whose weakness was turned to strength, and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” I thought it interesting that the heroes of the faith didn’t wait until they had strength, rather they received strength after they entered the battle. You may be saying to yourself, “If God gives me strength, I’ll go and do.” Instead God is saying, “If you go and do, I’ll give you the strength, wisdom, power or ability — whatever it is that you need.” If you are waiting to be ready to go before you are ready to go, you may never be ready to go.

Are you procrastinating, delaying the first steps you need to take where your purpose or goals are concerned? What excuses have you come up with that sound logical, which have almost become second nature to you? Are you ready this week to face the truth of why you are delaying? I hope you are, for God knew of your lack and weakness before He gave you the idea or directive. In spite of your lack, He is offering you a chance to fulfill your purpose. Are you ready to stop delaying and to take action?

This week could be the week when you finally stop asking questions and offering excuses. I hope it is and that you have a great week! I will see you next Monday, living an excuse-free life.
 
Your friend in Success and Excellence

ApehOmede
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@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
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