Excuses, Excuses

Every day God gives us opportunities to share His love with people around us. But how often do we walk right past these open doors? If you are anything like me, then you have a million reasons for missing these opportunities that you wrap up in pretty little packages with bows on top.

But in the end, these fancy explanations are just excuses. We have to recognize them for what they are and learn to overcome them.

Here are some common excuses I recognize in my life:


What will people think about me if I share the gospel with them? Will it be awkward? What if they reject me?

Well, it turns out these are all the wrong questions. My natural tendency is to focus on how I am affected by an interaction rather than thinking about how God can be glorified through it. In these situations, I am continually reminded to shift my focus to God.

I always direct myself to Paul’s words: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10 NIV).


As a college student, I feel as if I am always moving 100 miles an hour. Between classes, homework, extracurricular activities, work, and friends, how am I supposed to find time to share the gospel?

I think one of the most powerful ways to share the gospel is to show it. Something as simple as a smile or a text message can change someone’s day. When I am on the receiving end of these actions, they make me feel valued and loved.

Sometimes actions speak louder than words; just think about Jesus’ death on the Cross. But we can’t stop with actions. We need to build on these relationships and verbally share the gospel whenever God opens a door.

Emily Clark is a senior at Samford University and is currently serving as an intern with WMU’s editorial production hub.

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