Don’t settle for ‘good’ when you can have ‘best’Which word would you rather hear — yes or no? In most cases, we prefer the positive to the negative. But the word “no”is not always undesirable. Many times it is more positive than “yes.”
By: By Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
Which word would you rather hear — yes or no?
In most cases, we prefer the positive to the negative. But the word “no”is not always undesirable. Many times it is more positive than “yes.”
Yes can actually be a negative word. Consider your present time schedule. How many items have you said yes to that which now controls you? Like most people, there are probably more examples than one cares to admit. Saying no can be positive, setting our schedules free.
There is another positive use of this negative. Sometimes we have to say no to the good in order to experience the best. It means going against the “bird in the hand theory”not settling for second best. To say no to the good or ordinary makes it possible for us to achieve the ultimate. It can be a hard decision to let go of one opportunity to achieve another but the rewards are worth it.
Choosing a life of faith with God is an excellent illustration of this opportunity. It is easy to become enamored with the options that daily life provide — strive to achieve the good while ignoring the best. There are many experiences, in this world, that are enjoyable and fulfilling. But, none compare to what God offers through His love.
What you are striving for in your present life? Are you settling for second best? Is there something better? What is the greatest positive you could attain from God by saying no?
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.