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Saturday, June 2nd, '18

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TONGUE TWISTER

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No', 'No'..." (Matthew 5:37 NKJV)

 

Some reading today are antidisestablishmentarians and others are antitransubstantiationalists, 26 and 28 letters respectively. Or the reader may be a surgeon that does hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies, 39 letters. That ostomy has something to do with the hepatic duct which is somewhere between your gall bladder and liver; I'm not sure.  It may be that you suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, the fear of long words. Scared yet? Or from pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis, 45 letters, some lung disease which happens to be the longest word in the English language. I know so; my laptop spell-checker approved it. But none of these tongue twisters are the hardest word to pronounce. The hardest word is monosyllabic, which is another term from logopedia that might cause logoplegia. That word is "no". Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign begged young people to "just say no". Sounds like a mega-oversimplification, 22 letters.

 

It's vital in business, faith, relationships or whatever to know how to say yes when it's time for a yes. But always saying yes makes one a yes-man. "No" is the gutsy answer. When Sanballat tempted Nehemiah to come down from atop the walls the wall builder retorted, "I cannot" (Nehemiah 6:3). Joseph knew how to pronounce "no" when he resisted Potiphar's wife's charms and "fled and got him out", leaving his coat in her grip. He chose to lose his coat over losing his conscience. Moses chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Hebrews 11:25). Sin's pleasure is for a season; its penalty is forever. Even in the humdrum details of life we have to arm ourselves with a "no". Otherwise we'll live by someone else's schedule rather than our own. Be kind but firm. "Ralph, will you come help me boil out my radiator?" No! Sure it's hard for your submaxilla-mandibular trap to frame that word but it shouldn't require such nervous effort. Just say no. You can't be everyone's errand boy. 

 

Why is saying no so hard? Six thick thistle sticks stick to six thick thistles. Now that's hard! Say that tongue twister three times real fast. But speeding through that line doesn't hold a candle to the difficulty of saying the word "no". Girls on dates need to know how to say no. Practice hanging up on the telemarketer. It's not that hard to do. "Mom, will you watch the grandkids Tuesday night, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and next Monday?" Uh...no. Junior doesn't have to have the latest computer game. Sissy won't wilt if she has to come home by ten. Just say no. A crystal clear yes or no simplifies life and clears up all ambiguity. "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No', 'No', lest you fall into condemnation" (James 5:12). If you don't stand for something you might fall for anything. The enemy only responds to firmness. Devils are to be rebuked, not negotiated with. If Eve would have said no instead of maybe, earth would be a lot more tropical than it is today. Daniel said no to the king's meat and the wine which he drank. Shadrach, Meschech and Abednego said no to Nebuchadnezzar's golden image. John the Baptist said no to Herod's tryst with his brother's wife. Each made a decision and stood by it letting the chips fall where they may. God, give us more men that know how to say no!


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