A day late and a dollar short. I have heard this saying all my life. But what does it really mean?
The idiom "a day late and a dollar short" generally means that someone has both missed an opportunity and been inexcusably unprepared for it. I had to stop and think. How many times have I missed an opportunity that came knocking at my door. Why did I let this happen?
I’ve always had very good reasons, valid reasons, I tell myself. No, that’s not really true. I’ve had lots of excuses. Maybe you can identify with me.
Recently I have had the need to make a life-changing decision. I have spent much time in prayer, seeking wise counsel and listening to God. I have devoted hours to soul searching. What do I do?
During this period, I was reminded of the many times as an immature Christian, I leapt before I looked. I didn’t always seek the Lord as situations arose in my life. As I result, events in my life did not always turn out the way I wanted. I experienced numerous disappointments. God opened doors and I ignored them because I had my excuses. You might say I was a day late and a dollar short.
As I listen to speakers and writers share their journeys with me, I find they too, have missed opportunities. Is it because of the excuses they make? I thought I was the only one.
Excuses can be the bane of our existence. Excuses are something the enemy uses to distract us, to redirect us, to move us away from God’s plan for our lives. We think they are good reasons, but instead they simply detract us from God’s call.
Has God called you to be a speaker or writer? Have you been hesitant about responding to His call? Have you been waiting for the right door to open? Maybe it has. Maybe God threw open the door right in front of your face and you ignored it. Maybe you were busy making excuses.
In just a little over two weeks, CLASSEMINARS will host our annual writers contreat in Albuquerque, NM. This event will feature some incredible faculty who are willing to come and share from their wealth of knowledge and experience. As successful as they are it makes me wonder if they ever had excuses.
Just a few weeks ago, I had a conversation with DiAnn Mills. DiAnn will be one of our keynote speakers at the CLASS Writers Contreat this year.
When talking with DiAnn, she told me that when she began to write she wasn’t sure she could make it. She had continued working as the director of a preschool while writing on the side. One day her husband, Dean, dared her to take a year off to see if she could make it as a writer. The rest is history. With more than 1 million books in print, DiAnn has won numerous awards and is a popular speaker.
We’re not going to play the what if game. I’m going to ask you just one question. What are your excuses? What’s holding you back? I dare you to take a long hard look at those excuses.
God’s Word tells us, “I (that’s you) can do all (that’s everything) things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
If God has called you to write, or speak, He will equip you to do so. He will open doors and windows of opportunity. Do you dare to trust Him?