When Saying Yes Really Means Saying No

Saying yes to one thing means you are also saying no to another thing.

I don’t like this phrase. It means that you can’t do everything. And if you can’t do everything, it also means that you can’t please everyone.

Insert sad face here.

On Sunday I told our hand bell director I could no longer participate, having   recently started a Bible blog_3-1study. I really, really did not want to have that conversation.  I think I’ve been avoiding it on some level. How silly is that? I didn’t want to talk with her because I didn’t want to disappoint her; I didn’t want her to think I was flaky. I said yes to Bible study but that meant something else had to be no. There are only so many hours in a day.

Insert the book of Daniel here.

As I was skimming through Daniel, I noticed how often the godly men in this book did the right thing, regardless of what others thought of them. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego all said yes to godly living. This meant they said no to eating ungodly food, worshiping false gods, and being prideful.  This also meant they did not please everyone.

You know who they were concerned with pleasing though? Yup, that’s right. They were only concerned about pleasing God. Sigh. Just writing this sends conviction straight through my heart. I am often more concerned with man’s thoughts of me than that of my heavenly creator. I will be taking a cue from Daniel and friends this month. Will you join me?


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