“i can’t come to the sunday afternoon bible study, because…” or, “i can’t attend the prayer meeting, because…” and you can follow these half-sentences with a litany of lame excuses, posing as important reasons.
the truth of the matter is, more often than not, what the people who say these, ought to say, is, “i don’t like to come to the bible study, because…” or “i don’t like to attend the prayer meeting, because…” because the truth of the matter is, that people who say these, are not really talking about their inability to perform their duty, but rather, their lack of desire or interest to fulfill it. they feel a stronger desire to avoid them, or a more compelling desire to do whatever alternative activity it is they do instead.
“i can’t come to the bible study, because i broke my leg, or because i am confined in the hospital,” is a statement indicating inability — an inability to perform one’s duty at the present time.
“i can’t attend the prayer meeting, because i am leading the tagalog service,” expresses one’s inability to be in two places at one time — the other activity, (in this case) leading the tagalog service, being an unavoidable duty. had there been no tagalog service, (and it had happened), the person who leads the tagalog service, attends the prayer meeting, simply because his heart is cheerful in fulfilling this duty.
“i can’t attend the prayer meeting, because i need to finish my notes for the afternoon bible study,” i explained to the leader of the prayer meeting, since i’ve been struggling to adjust to the teaching assignment on my plate. it is a sorry excuse — and totally avoidable. i repented, and made amends.
the next Lord’s day, i attended the prayer meeting, but skipped lunch instead, to finish my notes for the afternoon bible study.
so the question is: unless you have a broken leg, or are in the hospital, or on another unavoidable duty — why don’t you attend the prayer meeting, or the sunday afternoon bible study?
what is your lame excuse? what is that avoidable activity?