The Hardest Questions


Why are "good" and "best" such subtle but formidable enemies? Satan sometimes wins important battles by getting the children of God to choose what's good instead of what's best.

The hardest questions we face aren’t those about good or bad, or even right or wrong.  Actually, we do pretty well with those.

No, the hardest decisions we face in life are the ones between good and best and bad and worse. (Sometimes, you can make a bad decision and only thank God it’s not any worse.)

This means, ironically, that living your Yes in Christ requires you to say No... and to say No a lot.  And here is what makes this tough: we have to say No to a lot of good things.

Why? Because the enemy of “best” is “good.”

Sometimes, Satan wins some important battles by getting the children of God to choose what is good instead of what is best.

Finding your Yes in Christ is only the beginning of the journey.

Every day – in some concrete way – we have to say yes to the next steps that make the big Yes of our lives possible. The difficulty comes, not in saying yes to our big Yes, but in having to continually say yes to every small step in between. This requires our constant attention and firm resolve to maintain being focused on our yes.

Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, said, “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as much as the things we have done.”

The success of Apple was largely due to Steve Jobs’ intense focus on the customer’s experience with various Apple products. To be successful in our own lives, we need to have that same kind of singular focus on our own Yes in Christ.

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