It’s true, we do all have our reasons.
We have reasons for what we do, what we say, what we choose, what we feel.
Sometimes they aren’t very good reasons. Sometimes we’ve abandoned all reason and are left with nothing but excuses.
Excuses are not reasons.
Excuses are an attempt to justify what you’ve done or failed to do.
Reasons are the the justifications, the cause, the catalyst, the rational thought, the logical thought, the grounds, the basis for the action taken or not taken.
Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two, but it’s very important to do so. Sometimes, both are involved and intertwined to a point that they’ve become indistinguishable.
Recently I had to make some very difficult decisions. You might even call them grievous decisions. They’ve certainly broken my heart. Yet to others those same decisions may appear heartless.
So, why would I make such decisions? Well, believe me, I have my reasons. And, I not going to share them although it might justify me in the eyes of others who might suddenly understand the why behind it all.
You see, sometimes our attempt to explain our reasons could bring shame, ill-repute, harm, pain and damage to another person. I won’t do that.
Sometimes no matter how many sordid details we share, how many explanations, how many answers we offer, people will refuse to accept our reasons as valid. I won’t risk that.
Sometimes we are hoping and praying that with spiritual intervention, the passing of time, healing of hearts and another season, that all the reasons will become history. I will hope for that.
So, today you may be faced with a hard decision and you may be tempted to justify yourself by giving your reasons. Don’t do it.
Today you may question the decisions of another person and you may be tempted to judge them on the basis of your limited understanding. Don’t do that.
Remember, we aren’t discussing excuses. Excuses are usually thought up afterwards. Reasons are considered carefully beforehand. And make no mistake, God knows the difference, because He knows our hearts.
“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.”
Psalm 139:1-4 NIVUK