It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. (George Washington)

It just seems so natural to offer an excuse as soon as we’re caught in a misstep or mistake. Whether we blame our error on someone else, the circumstances, or our faulty equipment, we somehow just don’t want to admit, “Yes, I did it; it’s my mistake.” Others can usually see through the poor excuse; it’s just our pride that blinds us to the truth. 

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses. (Romans 3:19)