"if anything is excellent or praise worthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8b
We don't think of them as excuses - do we? We have "reasons" why we haven't done something or we have stopped doing something. And it is a good reason - or at least we would say it is. The "reason" can be for just about anything from why we missed (or stopped going to) worship to why we missed Bible study or prayer group. It can be something we tell others OR something we tell ourselves. It can even be "why" we haven't started back to.... whatever we stopped doing.
The readings today are about "reasons." Moses is talking to God about how upset God is (with good reason!) with the Hebrew people. "Then the Lord relented." (Exodus 32:14) Paul is reminding all of us to actually be doing, not just thinking about, but to "put into practice." (Philippians 4:9) And Jesus parable is pointing out how the first ones "invited" didn't come for various reasons so the servants go "to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find." (Matthew 22:9)
So.... What ARE your reasons for not doing what God is calling you to be doing? Are they "really" reasons? Or are they "excuses"? One of the books I'm reading, right now, suggests doing "one small thing" to start making the changes needed. What "one small thing" could you do, or change, to start? Something to think about..........
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.