We have become a people of excuses...
"I can't because ________" is our battle cry!
"I can't because I am too young";
"I can't because I am too old";
"I can't because I don't know how";
"I can't because I am afraid";
"I can't because that is not my top priority";
And the list goes on and on. Just fill in the blank with your own excuse.
From my earliest memory I can hear my dad's answer to my "I can't". He would say "there's no such thing as can't". But I was young and certain that I could not so I never did try. Looking back I see now that it was because I was trying on my own and never asking for help.
God makes it very clear in the Bible that "yes we can"! However, He never intended for us to do it on our own.
Here we see Jeremiah giving God his "excuses" why he can't do as God has called for him to do; and then God's answer.
God tells Jeremiah that He (God) will be with him every step of the way. Not only that but He will give him the words to speak and He will be there to protect him as well, therefore he should not be afraid.
That pretty much covers the excuses of being too young and of not knowing how and fear.... God will never ask us to do anything that is not age appropriate or that is beyond our ability. If we don't know how, then we learn. Most important is that He will protect us.
As for the excuse of being too old... How old was Moses when he built the Ark? How old was Abraham when his first son was born? Search the scriptures to see just how old many were when called to serve God.
Then there is the problem of priorities. Yes, "problem", and I say that because if our priorities were in order, everything else will fall into its proper place.. God's proper place.
Perhaps it's time for us to re-evaluate our priorities. Are we "really" putting God first? If not, then why? What is our excuse for that?
Remember, "there is no such thing as can't...."