Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (ESV) 


Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. (NLT)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! I want it! I want it! I want it! As I push my cart down the aisle at the grocery store, I see the problem. There is a three-year-old being denied something he wants from the shelf. Because it is the aisle that also serves candy, you guessed it. He wants a lollipop.  

Mom says no, and with that, the war ensues. Now we've all been there; we've all thought to ourselves. "I'll buy the lollipop for you! Just give it to them!" The screaming is piercing, and you feel the parents' pain.  

Three-year-olds are one thing. 30-year-old men at the truck store, in their best toddler voice, saying, "But I want the raised tires! I, really, want them!" is a little much. Yes, I did see that.  

Inside each of us is an inner three-year-old who will throw its best temper tantrum to get what it wants if allowed to come out and play. The problem is, you need to understand the word - NO. 

The Bible says no to a lot of things. The world assesses that the Bible is just a list of rules that tell you to want you can't do. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  

In our three-year-old temper tantrum, I hear the mother say. "No, son, you can't have candy. You know what that does to your sugar levels." The child has diabetes. No has to be no.  

You and I have to understand God's standards and boundaries. "No" serves several purposes. 

  • To protect us from harming ourselves and others. 
  • To prepare us for something better later. 
  • To bring us closer to Christ and experience His power in our lives. 

PRAY:  Jesus, help me understand the word no and accept the word no in my life. To use the word no concerning things that will bring me harm. To love You when You tell me no. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. 

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