Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all have them. If we don’t outright make an excuse for our actions, we often sanitize them, rationalize them or minimize the severity of them. Making excuses for our wrongdoing not only cheats others in our lives, but stops us from taking full responsibility and allowing God to change our heart. Scripture says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). Stop today and consider where you are likely to minimize your actions. Step up and take full responsibility and determine to own up when you fail others. 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.