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 we sometimes need to let go of a thing that we have always been doing because we evolve. Nothing stays the same, and neither do we. How about aging? Certainly, that plays a role. How about a different chapter in our lives? That is another thing to consider. 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):
“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
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 be running out of steam as we keep going, keep sowing, and keep knocking on Heaven’s door.