Lord Nelson was England’s most famous naval officer. He was highly esteemed for his inspirational leadership and brilliant grasp of naval strategies and unconventional tactics. His supreme knowledge of warfare at sea enabled him to win many significant victories for England. In fact, in one battle, with only 27 small vessels, he destroyed 33 large battleships of Napoleon.
However, despite his brilliant career as a naval officer, he suffered from seasickness all of his life. Yet, he refused to allow this illness to become an excuse from what he believed he was called to do.
There is an essential lesson in the life of Lord Nelson for each of us to learn. All of us can find excuses not to do something whenever we want to. We can all “talk” ourselves into a headache or turn a small task into an overwhelming, mountain-sized, life-threatening project. We can always choose - if we want – to find a way out of doing what is right or what God calls us to do.
Imagine standing before our Lord someday, and He asks: “Do you remember when I asked you to teach remedial reading?” And the answer was, “I’m to busy to help those who can’t read!” Or: “Can you explain why you didn’t have time to help with Sunday School...sing in the choir...volunteer to work at the homeless shelter...feed the poor...go camping with the youth...contribute more...?” Excuses are Satan’s most used “gifts” to keep us from serving God!
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to serve You as You deserve. May we not look for excuses to refuse Your call. May we look for opportunities to serve You consistently. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Romans 12:11