No excuses work with God anyways. He's heard them all and He knows our motivation behind it because He knows our hearts better than we know ourselves. And if you really think about it... it's incredibly insulting to Him. He has given us E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G., including His son who died for us. It's important to praise and thank Him yet it is more important to ask for His forgiveness.
During the retreat, the priests talked about many things but what struck me the most was I need to stop excusing my behavior and apologize for it. So, I decided to start first with God by going to confession that evening. Following the talk, they had 5 priests listening to confessions with long lines of people waiting to apologize for their sins. I was in that line too to make my own apology to God for what I've done and for what I've failed to do. It felt good!
"For I will be merciful and gracious towards their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more." Hebrews 8:12
I'm linking up with Trish at L.A.C.E. this week. Whatever is...Lovely. Admirable. Cheerful. Encouraging.