People who fail in life are people who find lots of excuses. (Ben Carson, quoted by Cal Thomas)

The quote continues: “It’s never too late for a person to recognize that they have potential in themselves.” We began making excuses very early in life and found it easy to blame others for our mistakes. The sooner we learn to deal with reality and stop making excuses, the sooner we will acknowledge our mistakes, recognize our own ability, and move on quickly to succeed.

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it . . .  we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).