Have you ever mustered up a compliment…
for someone who did something you only WISH you could do? Only for them to blow you off… giving an excuse that kept them from receiving the words you literally offered as a sacrifice to your pride?
And it rubbed me the wrong way, made me jealous; got under my skin and irritated that competitive side in me I try so hard to squash. It made me want to back up, and draw up a list of my excuses so I could get away with some stuff I have yet to accomplish. Or better yet, I felt I now had a reason why I could rightfully exclude them from my circle of influence.
But that’s clearly not…
what God would have us do in pursuit of our purpose. Which is why I believe God put so heavy on my heart this lesson from the life of Ruth; this Word of God which convicted me so sorely.
Excuses and Exclusions…
are really just bad habits we sink into over time that have the power to completely shift our mindset away from the Expectation that God has our best in mind; that we can and will accomplish the good works which He planned for us before time began. (Ephesians 2:10)
So if you’ll join me…
as we step back into the real life story of Ruth, I’ll highlight two bad habits to avoid, and one good habit which will lead us toward God’s best so that we can be overcomers, encouraging and lifting others out of their excuses as well!
Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NLT
If you’re here to find out more about the muscle-ups and power snatches I mentioned in the podcast, here are a few great videos courtesy of CrossFit®
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If you are inspired by the true life story of Ruth, you are likely to also enjoy the life of the Abigail, as detailed in Episode 046:How to Resolve Conflict and Glorify God. You may also enjoy the life of Sarah found in Episodes 008:Identity Theft, 009: Running on Empty, 010: Braving our Barren Places, and 011: How Faith Works.
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