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Two Words that Can Determine Your Success

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We make many decisions each day of our lives. Sometimes we say, “Yes.” Sometimes we say, “No.” There is a time to use each one. For example, saying, “No,” to temptation is commanded in Scripture. Saying, “Yes,” to the will of God for your life is wise!

There are some other uses of these words, “Yes,” and “No,” that will really impact our prospect of success in marriage, family, career, education, sports, spiritual endeavors, and more. We will look at them here as a reminder that we should always:

(1) Say “No” to excuses – I read that, “The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.” In the book of Proverbs Solomon wrote, “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside!’ or, ‘I will be murdered in the streets!'” (Prov. 22:13 NIV). A lazy person always makes excuses. Jesus called people to follow Him and they began making excuses. He said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit” (Luke 9:62 NIV). It is clear that God is not impressed with our excuses. Neither are others. Say “No” to excuses!

(2) Say “Yes” to effort – I read this: “If you run in place someone will pass you.” I remember a track coach in my high years who said, “If you stop to see who is behind you, they will pass you and defeat you.” It is a Scriptural principle of life that we are to be doers and not just hearers of truth. We get into God’s family by grace. But we grow by effort. “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work He does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing” (Eph. 2:10 The Message). That requires effort. We owe it to God to make every effort to grow in our faith and to accomplish the good works He gave us to do. Spiritual growth is not instantaneous nor automatic. You have to make an effort to grow! We need to stay focused and say, “Yes,” to effort!.

Remember for success: Say, “No” and “Yes!”

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