Those of you that know me, know I am always up for a good deal. I don't like cheap things... but I like getting nice things for cheapER! One thing that I find frustrating when finding a deal is all that fine print... you know the itty bitty words at the bottom with all the exclusions and rules that are added? However, it's there so I must read it and follow it.
I once heard a dear friend of mine talking about his marriage. At the time, it was a mess - a horrible situation. And let me tell you, it wasn't him. I truly believe in most cases it takes two to tango, and although he was not perfect, this time it was her! Well, his attitude was amazing. He simply stated that no matter what his marriage was like, God called him to love his wife. He also shared that there was no "fine print" that made exceptions or exclusion or placed anything to what God was calling him to do. No excuses.
There are so many times we, as Christians, add this "fine print" to scripture. We will see something and then say "But..." and give ourselves exclusions and exceptions to what God is calling us to do. Can I challenge you along with myself - NO MORE EXCUSES! Let's step it up a notch and do what God is calling us to. Let's not look at others, but just ourselves and see where we need to improve or keep pressing on. Let's not add any fine print - if God wanted it there, He would have put it there Himself.
2 Tim 3:16-17
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."