A statement in a commercial I heard last week while watching TV grabbed my attention. The announcer declared GOLF IS FULL OF EXCUSES. Although I am not a fanatic, I do play golf quite a bit and can verify that the game of golf is full of excuses. While some golfers give more excuses than others, I don’t think I’ve ever played with someone who made no excuses.

Golfers of all levels make excuses including such things as the wind, the condition of the course (fairways and/or greens), the speed of play (the group in front – slow play – or the group behind – pushing), the rudeness of playing partners, their physical ailments, their golf ball or clubs, and more.

As I’ve thought about this matter of golfer’s excuses I have been reminded that golf is not the only game that evokes excuses. I know I use them when playing Jeopardy and Scrabble with family.

Making excuses, however, is not limited to competitive games most of us play. We all make excuses from time to time in a variety situations in which we have done or said something or not said or done something. Making such excuses can be a sign that we are underestimating ourselves, lacking in confidence, or blaming others.

Trying to find more about excuses, I typed Making Excuses on Google and came up with a link from 11/04/21 (https://www.developinggoodhabits.com – making excuses). The information is titled 13 Steps to Stop Making Excuses and Take Responsibility S.J. Scott.

If you are interested you can find more at the link above, but I want to give two lists that give a foundation for thinking and exploring more about this matter of making excuses.

Why Do We Make Excuses? Here are eight common reasons why people make excuses throughout their lives.

Reason #1: You’re experiencing fear

Reason #2: You don’t want to fail

Reason #3: You don’t know what to expect

Reason #4: You don’t have a specific goal

Reason #5: You’re scared of making a mistake

Reason #6: You compare yourself to others

Reason #7: You’re protecting your identity

Reason #8: You’re not motivated

Reason #9: You think you lack the resources

Reason #10: You’re set in your ways

Here are 13 Steps to Stop Making Excuses

13 Steps to Stop Making Excuses

#1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

#2. Stop Fearing the Unknown

#3. Stop Blaming Others

#4. Take Responsibility for ALL Your Actions

#5. Take Action Every Day

#6. Set Small, Attainable Goals

#7. Learn from Your Mistakes

#8. Don’t Focus on Your Weaknesses

#9. Change your Attitude

#10. Believe in Yourself

#11. Visualize Your Success

#12. Remember: It’s Okay to Not Be Perfect

#13. Know You Can Change Your “Excuses Habit”

There is much in these two lists that give us a lot to think about as well as some suggestions, challenges, and encouragement to make progress in our making excuses; especially if it is a habit we have fallen into.

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Several weeks ago I ordered a book that was sent to me at no cost if I would write a review of it. The book’s title is SEVEN DAYS THAT DIVIDE THE WORLD with the sub-title THE BEGINNING ACORDING TO GENESIS AND SCIENCE and written by John C. Lennox. Just reading the book’s title may explain why the title of this post is Over My Head. I looked up the phrase Over My Head and the definition read “beyond someone’s ability to understand.” That’s true for me, but let me share some things from the book.

Lennox gives readers his purpose in writing the book “I would like to say that if you imagine I will provide you with all the answers to all questions about the seven days, you will be disappointed. I still have many questions of my own. What I wish to do is more modest – namely, to stimulate readers to think about some possibilities and not certainties” (pp. 64 and 65).

A few pages earlier he suggests some practical challenges for Bible reading in general. “The first thing we should note is that there are different interpretations of the same text” (p.59). Two sentences later he reminds us of something we all need to keep in mind, “There is room for difference of opinion, and we need to show humility and grace when dealing with those who disagree with us” (p. 59). And finally some wisdom, “. . . we should pay attention to what the text says before trying to decide what it means” (p. 59).

My favorite quote from Lennox comes near the end of the book: “One cannot read Genesis 1 without noticing the constant refrain, ‘And God saw that it was good (verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25), culminating in the final assessment on day 6: ‘And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good’ (1:31)” (pp. 150 and 151).

Appendix B: The Beginning according to Genesis and Science

Appendix C: Two Accounts of Creation?

Appendix D: Theistic Evolution and the God of the Gaps

These Appendices may get your attention and they do add a great deal to the book.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of SEVEN DAYS THAT DIVIDE THE WORLD was published in 2021.

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