Staying the Course

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I am a broken record—stuck—repeating:

NO NO NO NO

I am a mom, it is in my job description, and we wonder why they never seem to listen. It is so hard to keep saying no, no, no, no.

In all areas of our lives, NO is HARD. NO—I won’t eat that. NO—I won’t go there. NO—I can’t compromise. NO—I have other plans. NO—I need to spend my time better. And then we compromise and no becomes maybe, then just this time, then it becomes yes.

I am a broken record—stuck—repeating:

YES YES YES YES

I am me. I am the doer of all the things. It is so hard to keep saying yes, yes, yes, yes. In all areas of our lives, Yes is HARD. YES—I will do that. YES—I can help. YES—I will be there. YES—I will serve.

And then we compromise and yes becomes not right now, then I’m too busy, and then yes becomes no. I think everyone has the best of intentions. When I say yes, I want to mean Yes. When I say no, I want to mean No. But, It’s hard to stay the coarse. The endurance to keep our word may be the hardest thing to do.

In the big things and the little, we have to know where we want to be in order to stay the coarse. If we want good health, we say yes to good habits and no to the harmful ones. If we want a new job, we say yes to hard work and no to the distractions. If we want a better marriage, we say yes to our spouse and we say no to our selfishness. If we want to be a good parent, we say yes to training up our children and no to the things that steal our time. We must know what we want if we are to know which direction our Yes or our No may lead.

I had to say NO 100 times this week. Once was huge—a big NO to a great opportunity but it didn’t line up to what I want for my family or me. It didn’t fit the coarse I am on. And I said no to something simple, a mom kind of no, the one that usually gets a fight from the back seat—“but, Why?!!” It’s hard to say No, it would be so much easier to just say yes to the “shiny” things that look good on paper. It would be easier to say sure to just one more sugary treat for the day.

I’m not sure what happened today but from the backseat of my car, in my daughter’s sweet voice, after a long pause, I hear, “Thanks mom, I know you are always going to protect me and keep me safe.” Little does she know how much her words made my heart leap with joy—YES! YES! YES!! James 5:12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. What are you saying No to today? What are you saying Yes to?

~Angela

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6 thoughts on “Staying the Course

  1. Thousands of decisions like this in each day…some of which we are not even aware we are making until we choose to ask the Holy Spirit to pique our minds at those points to help us form those good habits. Thanks for this timely reminder. 🙂

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