Closed Door Excuses

Sometimes I think the reason my pastor starts out every message with a joke is to soften the sting of what’s coming. He’s not condemning, but he’s certainly not one of those guys who preaches love, happiness, and mushiness all the time. He’s not afraid to make us sit up and be convicted.

A few weeks ago, during his message, he was talking about how people give up too easily. He used the illustration of a closed door and how, when confronted with an opportunity that doesn’t work out, people oftentimes say, “Well, God closed that door, so he must not want me to do that.” Too often, he said, we use that as an excuse to not have to work any harder, to make life easier for ourselves.

It didn’t so much convict me as give me a light-bulb moment, like this:

Now I understood why it had never seemed right to me to just quit, even when it looked like God was closing doors and saying, “Um, no, this isn’t for you.”

If I’d stopped when the first door closed, I wouldn’t be married, I wouldn’t be writing, and I wouldn’t be hoping to have more kids. I wouldn’t have anything in my life that gives me great joy and peace right now. But I pushed through, and I’ve seen enough to know that God truly has blessed my life with these things.

Sure, there times when you could definitely take it too far. If doors keeping closing over and over and over in the same areas, you might need to take some hard looks at what you’re trying to do with your life and if it really is what God wants you to do.

But if just one or two doors have closed, I encourage you to keep pushing on. Another opportunity will arise. A window will be found or another door will open. God will reward your dedication.

Don’t let closed doors become excuses.

About H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home, hatitus.wordpress.com.

4 comments on “Closed Door Excuses

  1. Nice post. Reminds me of the nearly 200 rejection notices Bryan Davis got until he finally found the wide open door and got Dragons in our Midst published.

  2. My small group at church just finished a Bible study about faith, which talked about how there are always going to be difficulties and delays when going after dreams. And that there will also be “dead ends”–but the dead end doesn’t mean the dream won’t come true around the corner.

    I think in our hearts we know when a closed door is really a closed door, or when it’s a closed door to a *particular path* to a dream. Very often, God sets us up for “impossible” tasks to show that impossible things are possible with Him :).

  3. When faced with closed doors, blow them open with dynamite. 😉

  4. As the saying goes, “When God closes a door, He opens a window,” and that window is hope. I’ve also been taught via the school of hard knocks, that when God closes a door, it’s best to wait on Him to open another door, and not go ballistic banging on the closed door. It’s usually closed for a good reason.

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