The Right No

We learn to say “no” at an early age often pigeonholed as the “terrible two’s”. While learning to say “no” is an important stage in our development, I think what’s even more important is the proper wisdom & discernment to use this word.

For example, saying an internal “no” to replying with a snarky comment to a rude flight attendant is good wisdom. Or saying no to the couch as an alternative to getting some daily exercise is also sound wisdom.
On the flip side, let’s make sure that our instinctive answer to anything the Holy Spirit ask of us is resoundingly YES!!

Say Yes!!

“I need to think about that.” This is my classic answer to the majority of the things my kids ask from me. If I impulsively say yes or no, I’m likely going to get into some hot water rather quickly.

But with Jesus, I always want to say “yes!” When we say yes to Jesus, it can be saying yes to

  • being kind to a stranger,
  • loving our kids when they get under our skin,
  • being generous with our finances,
  • helping a prostitute look after her baby or toddler,
  • praying for someone who’s sick
  • and lots of other things!

Let’s decide before Jesus asks that we’ll say “Yes!”

just don’t do it

Happy post Labor Day!  Nike says, “Just do it” and I like to think of this tagline when it comes to obeying Jesus, “just do it!” and say, “YES!!!”

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But consider this, when we say “yes” to Jesus, let’s also consider that our agreement with Jesus will also mean disagreement with other things.  Saying “yes” to Jesus also means saying “no” to unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, selfishness, apathy and lots more.

Just do it, also means just don’t do it ,)