What Holds You Back – or – How Rome Was Built

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” How many times have you heard that? It seems like most times I have shared with someone else that I was going to make a significant change in my life, it was followed with those words.

“I want to lose weight.”

“Ok, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“I want to be a daily Bible reader.”

“Great, but ya know, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

“I want to start sharing the gospel with people, and see many people come to know Jesus.”

“That’s good, but remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

I got the message loud and clear. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took a while. But, I had this thought the other day. I know how Rome was built. I’m no historian, but I figured it out. This is how Rome was built.

Someone created a vision and did something about it.

Rome was built because the builders of the empire didn’t make talk about doing something. They just did it. There will always be many reasons why you don’t get what you want, why you don’t enjoy life as much as you would like, or why you are stuck in mediocrity. I believe that there is one thing that holds you back more than anything else. And that one thing needs to be dealt with or you will find yourself creating a deeper rut for yourself as time goes on.

Stop making excuses.

I know all about excuses. I had excuses for “Why I didn’t lose weight when I started a workout endeavor” or “Why living a pure life was too difficult in a sex-saturated culture” or “Why I was entitled to the bitterness that I felt in my heart.”

All I was doing was making excuses. So, I was never building anything sustainable. By the grace of God today, I believe I am building a life worth living. I am building because I stopped making excuses, faced the music, and did something about it. Don’t you think that it makes sense to do that when you see how much God has done for you? Making excuses is a great way to stay in the pit, living isolated, angry, frustrated, addicted, and wasting your life because you won’t deal with reality. So do something today. Do something different. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the project started at one point. It was propelled because of focus, hard work, and the dream of what it could be.

What could your life be if you decided to do something different? What excuses are you holding on to? How good will it feel to cast off every excuse, and start building something that counts? No more excuses? Who’s in??



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