Matthew 7:7-8: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking – who hasn’t become tired and frustrated at times just keeping on doing what we’ve been doing? We keep up a good attitude, we keep it coming, we run our race, and one morning we wake up and feel overwhelmed. In sport terms, we’ve been handed the Red Flag, and something has to change.

Life has its seasons, and I think part of the problem is that sometimes we need to let go of a thing that we’ve always been doing simply because we evolve. Nothing stays the same, and neither do we. How about aging? Yeah, that plays a role. How about different chapter in our lives? That does it too. We have to let go to make room for something new. We need to say no to one thing so that we can say yes to the new thing.

God gave us free will for a reason. He empowered us to say yes or no. Jesus remarked in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:37):

“Let your yes be YES. Let your no be NO. Anything more than this comes from the devil.”

Jesus knew busyness. According to the gospel writers, Jesus was the man of the hour. He was wanted everywhere. People were sick and needed healing. People were desperate and needed hope. People were confused and needed leadership. People had their agenda and wanted to manipulate Him. From dusk to dawn, there were people, people, people.

So what did Jesus do? At set times He went on a mountain to pray. Alone time with God was his “No” to people. When He came down from that mountain He was ready to say “Yes”.

Life always happens, and we don’t know what will come our way the very next minute. However, we do have control over one little thing: We can practice portion control as we determine what belongs on our plate.

The yes and no lifestyle makes life much more enjoyable, and we won’t run out of steam as we’re seeking our way through life, and we certainly don’t want to give up knocking on Heaven’s Door!


Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see
I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

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