Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Making Excuses
But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'
Luke 14:18 (NIV)
Some talented kids from famous families attend AMTC conventions. One was a girl named Scout Powell, daughter of Third Day lead singer, Mac Powell. She performed as an actress, and she did well.

The Powell family is a shining example of God's talent, and Mac is a humble leader. He came to Scout's convention for the first day only, as he was leaving to go on tour, but he was kind and gracious to everyone who recognized him.

Mac's wife, Aimee, said the band had just been nominated for three Grammys. However, Third Day could not attend the biggest music award show in the world. Why not? Third Day had a prior commitment.

When the band learned of its nominations, they contacted another famous band to possibly replace them. The other band agreed, but the event organizer refused. He wanted Third Day and no one else.

Third Day had a great excuse to break their contract. Instead, they chose to honor their word. How many performers would do the same?

In the parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:15-24), we see God's angry reaction to those who make excuses to Him. Honoring commitments to others is like honoring a commitment to God. The apostle James tells us to let 'Your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment' (James 5:12).

Let's follow Mac Powell and Third Day because we know Who they follow. No excuses.

P.S. (They did win a Grammy that night.)

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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