"A" Is For Alibi

Like always, I'm coming in late to the game. Thanks to Peej for suggesting this exercise in getting our creative blog juices flowing!! :) Her suggestion was to take one letter from the alphabet for each blog and create your post around it.

Not quite content to simply post an alphabet letter (because I'm not sure how creative I could be!), I decided to see what I could do with Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone alphabet series titles. We'll see how far I make this go...

And now, "A" is for Alibi... and it made me think of how often I make excuses for myself instead of just owning up to the fact that maybe I just messed up, maybe there's no excuse for a behavior or attitude, and maybe I need to seek forgiveness instead of justification.

For instance, I'll get angry at a driver talking on his cell phone and delaying me a little, so I revert to my pre-Christian days and let loose with an angry tirade which includes all sorts of comments about the driver's intelligence and fantasies of jumping out of my car at the next red light, walking up to his window, and snatching the phone out of his hand, stomping it into little pieces right there before his eyes.

Of course, my prideful rant doesn't take into consideration that just the day before I caused a similar situation while talking on the phone with my daughter while driving to town for groceries.

It's so easy to see the beam in someone else's eye, isn't it?

An alibi is a plausible excuse for some kind of failure or negligence, but in the end, it's just an excuse all the same. It's a means to avoid confronting a sin or heart attitude. My prayer for today is that God will open my eyes and my heart to all the excuses and alibis that I try to incorporate into my daily life, and instead, give me clear vision and a repentant heart.

Why do you see the splinter in your brother's eye but not notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the splinter out of your eye," when you have the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother's eye!  (Matthew 7:3-5  Complete Jewish Bible)
Somehow I think that I'm going to be so busy with my own log, I won't have time for someone else's splinter...


Barbara Lynn Culler said...

I've not heard of that alphabet series. The one you have posted is very attractive. This will be interesting to see what else you will come up with! Welcome to the club. :)

Joanne Sher said...

I'm good - WAY too good with alibis. Responsibility is so easy to shirk - but we gotta keep ourselves straight with Him, don't we?
Great post, Hanne.

Anna K(arlene) Jeffrey said...

There's a song that says, "an excuse is just a reason not to try." This is my alibi and it doesn't hold any weight when I must stand and answer for myself before my Lord. Doesn't mean I don't still try to skate by with one, but I realize the need to pull that plank from my eye so I can see straight enough to walk the path before me.

Thanks for this, Hanne. As always, you're honesty brings me to my own reflection. :)

Lenora said...

A reader friendly blog and quite practical seeing we have all felt this way at one time or another. I pray you have more viewers then you know what to do with, in Jesus' name. :)


Lisa Mikitarian said...

Hey Hanne, I didn't know you had a blog. Happened to see this on the sidebar of JoE and thought--well, that looks interesting. Excellent post. Loved the line about just asking for forgiveness instead of spending wasted time in justifying the actions.