What An Epitaph

  An epitaph is an inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there. It would be true, possibly not appropriate, to write on the tombstone of many people, "He began to make excuse."

  When people do not really want to do something even though they know they ought to do it, or possibly when they do something they know they should not have done, what do they do? They begin to make excuse of one kind of another. And there are many that are used.

  Consider just one. Some excuse themselves by believing, "It's no worse than what some others have done." That may be true. But when did that become justification for doing what is wrong? There is a difference between explanation and justification. Our excuses may explain why we did what we did, or neglected to do what ought to have been done, but does that justify behavior? Absolutely not! That is just one of a myriad of excuses we use.

  How many excuses do you think the Lord accepts? Can you find where He ever has accepted man's excuses?