Do you feel debilitated by the size of your but? No I haven’t made a spelling mistake; I meant to spell it with only one ‘t’.
That age old question “does my butt (with two tts) look big in this?” has become fodder for comedians and translated into languages the world over. A perceived larger derrière can be a very real and debilitating problem for the person asking the question and often reflects deeper, body issues. However for this post I want to look at an issue we all face at times that can be equally if not more debilitating. A different kind of ‘big but’.
Often, when God is trying to grow you or I in a certain area of our lives, we can be can become stuck, unable to move forward because we are more focused on the size of our ‘but’; all the reasons why we “can’t”.
Is Your But Too Big?
Put your own ‘but’ into the blanks:
I want to go deeper with God …. But
I want to spend more time with my family …. But
I really want to get past this issue in my marriage …. But
I want to move on from my past …. But
I would love to get more involved in my church …. But
I want to open my heart to people and build friendships…. But
I want to allow God to free me from this addiction …. But
I want to understand my Bible better …. But
I want to address the anger I’ve been carrying around that’s now consuming me …. But
I’m struggling financially and want to believe God supplies all my needs …. But
‘But’ – its one of the smallest words in the English language but it speaks volumes. It’s an excuse.
But from God’s perspective it’s also a HUGE, encouraging word.
Instead of ending your statements with “but I …”, Why not try ending your statements instead with “but God…”
The Bible is packed with examples of ‘but God’ statements and Testimonies of where people felt or said ‘I can’t’ followed up by ‘but God...’
Here are just a few:
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-27
not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
…you would have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen your abuse and my hard work…
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
But God released him [Jesus] from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!
I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!
1 Samuel 23:14
Saul hunted him [David] day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.
1 Samuel 16:7 People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Let’s not allow our puny little buts to be bigger than God’s BUT!
I don’t want to shrink back from what God calls me to because I’m more focused on my “but.”
How different our outlook would be, our families and churches would look, if we shifted our thinking just that tiny bit to end our statements with “but God….”