Yes or No – How do you know?

I’ve received some thought provoking emails concerning the past series from Thailand to the UK and as close as a neighbor.

Thank you all – you continue to teach me.

Of them all, here is my favorite question: “How do you know when to say yes or no?”

Ha – The Million Dollar Question, but here is my take – much of the time we say yes, it’s because of our inability to say no. We calculated that the task had to be done, and we saw no one around to undertake it. We calculated the need, then calculated our time, and decided maybe we could squeeze it in…somewhere. But the decision was a “head” decision and not made from the soul.

When we say Yes or No to calls for service on the basis of a Head decision, we have to give reasons to ourselves and others. But when we say Yes or No to a call on the basis of inner guidance (that still small whisper) or No on the basis of a lack of inward “rising”, the only reason we have to give is – it is the will of God as we discern it.

Only then have we begun to live in guidance. And I find He never guides us into what I like to call an intolerable scramble of panting feverishness. We are not alone at work in this world, frantically finishing a work to be offered to God. He is the power provider.

I used to marvel at the speed and velocity of John McEnroe’s tennis serve.

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Yet he had the body of a pre-teen male? How could he produce such speed and power and yet make it look so effortless?

Life from the center of His will is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is freedom. It is radiant. It takes no time, but occupies all of our time. And it makes our lives new and overcoming. We don’t need to be frantic. He is at the helm.

As Thomas Kelly wrote “…and when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I’m convinced there is so much more to us than meets the eye, especially when it comes to how we make decisions. I’ve recently become aware of neuro-cardiology and how neurotransmitters (thought to be only in the brain) are actually found in the heart as well. Maybe that’s why God says we should love Him with all of our heart and soul and mind.

  2. You’re so cool, Roy…and you know, we get all in a tizzy over the dumbest things…..and let stress rule in a lot of situations..when all we got to do is…Be still and know that HE is God!…Simple, but so complicated to comprehend because we just don’t LISTEN!

  3. Great thoughts, Roy! Thanks!

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