I was reading an article the other day that was talking about women and self image. The article was listing the most common areas that women tend to be frustrated about their bodies and desire to change the most. I was not shocked to see that the number one thing on the list was their butt.
- Do these jeans make my butt look too big?
- I need to get my big butt to the gym.
- I can’t eat that cookie- or else I will be sitting on it for the next three years.
As I finished that article I thought about what would happen if we asked God to make a top ten list of things he was frustrated by and wanted to see changed the most about us. I have a feeling that it would not be our BUTTS but our “BUT”S would probably be near the top of that list.
In fact I would be so bold as to say that: God gave us one butt— and he did not intend that we sit on it while we give him a list of our “but”s.
But I don’t want to go tell that person about Jesus in the middle of the mall- people might stare.
But I like my job God, I don’t want to quit it to go into ministry full time.
But I am uncomfortable doing that God. Couldn’t you send someone else to do that task?
But I don’t have the time to take anything else on God- I am so busy doing what I want to do right now.
This is not a new problem, many of our favorite bible characters had trouble with Big “But”s too:
But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Exodus 4:11 NLT
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6: 15 NLT
Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 1 Kings 19:10 NLT
But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!” Jeremiah 1:6 MSG
Yes, the issues of Big “But”s is nothing new…
God has been listening to them for generations. In fact, I think it is safe to say that Big “But”s are a family trait that we have all inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve. Trying to justify our actions… or lack of actions with a “but” statement that we want God to accept in place of the action he has called us to.
Here is the truth though… No matter how big your “BUT” is God is bigger still! Look at each of these characters in the bible God was able to overcome their “but” to still use them in GREAT and MIGHTY ways. He will do the same in your life. You may feel like your “but” is big enough to make God change his mind… it is not. You may stall, delay, and even run from his call on your life… BUT God is patient and present in every place you try to hide.
I have found that the best way to get rid of the big “but”s in our lives is to commit to walking with God daily. Feed your mind the goodness of his truth. Exercise your willingness to go where he calls you to each day. Practice the tasks that he calls you to each day.
You will be amazed at the makeover your relationship with God will have when you exchange your big “but” for a big “yes” to God’s invitations and requests in your life!