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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


"NOOO!"  No.  A simple two letter word that we have all heard, said, and been told.  It is a word all of us learn early on in life.  Most parents can attest to the fact that as soon as a child has learned to say it, they wish they hadn't.  My youngest sister, Amanda, tends to struggle in the speech department, but she has been able to say "no" for a very long time.  Actually, it was the only word she could clearly say for a while.  Drove my family nuts!  Any question we asked her she responded "no!" 

So, with such an easy word (seriously, two letters!), how is it we all seem to stumble a bit in saying it as we get older?
Things we know to be wrong, such as drugs or immorality, come a knockin' and we struggle to say no.  Some excuses to not saying this short little word are (but not limited to): "Everyone is doing it."  "I don't want to hurt their feelings."  "Just once..."  "It's not cool."  Frankly, they are all lame.

We are promised in Luke that "1...with God nothing shall be impossible."  All of the temptations we face are obsolete when we have this promise.  If nothing is impossible, then saying "no" just moved up in the easy department.  Another promise He gives us is:
"2There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
That right there tells us that it is possible to say "no."

Good or bad, yes or no, righteousness or evil, we can choose.  When you find it hard to say no to temptation, dig deep and find that two year old within you.  Guarantee they still know how to give a loud and triumphant "NO!!!"


Chris Nestman (the big bro) said...

It's so true. Spencer W. Kimble once said that for many of life's important decisions all you have to do is give one simple answer and stick to it. In this instance "No" to sin is a great thing to do. Plus one decision is a whole lot easier than 1,000,000 :D.

Elder Brian Menasco said...

Just as a child, saying "No" once is easier after you have said it many times before. At times, it might take the courage to actually start saying "No" for those things we know we should avoid. But one can avoid alot by simply saying NO!

Elder Trey Williams said...

I totally agree. Why does it get harder to say "no" as we get older? It's so easy a toddler can do it!

Sister Brittany Nestman said...

I like that! Thanks bro! It is way easier to make one decision.
Good ole toddlers, they know what's up.

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