But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth, or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. (James 5:12 ESV)
Forward Friday! Emotions sapping individuals this time of year. Happy and sad tugging for more space in hearts and minds. Graduations from pre-school to college have many parents recounting steps reaching current plateau. I was reminded yesterday- this time next year, I will have one graduating high school and one graduating 8th grade same week. Basically, we have 18 years to set foundation for their lives. How well do we stand with yes and no situations?
Yes and No Situations
The book of James opens with warnings against doubt. When we doubt, we’re like a wave driven and tossed by the wind. Instead of being beaten by wind and waves, ask God for wisdom. He is willing to give generously. Ask in faith, without doubting. Turning to end of book, warnings come against swearing- landing firm, stressing clarity with yes and no situations.
If wavering between yes and no situations, doubt appears, making one think conviction weakened. Conviction works with decisions made from wisdom. Life with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, decisions are made with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding based upon convictions in our hearts. Whether making decisions for self or parenting, we need to stand firm with decisions made, avoid shifting into doubt.
Avoid taking detours when “yes” paths are clear, presenting God’s best route. More we accept “no” answers, more we stay on “yes” paths avoiding detours or delays. It’s hard to move forward when wind and waves have us close to drowning. I’ve spent my time learning this tough lesson. My desire is to help you avoid delays. Imagine- more individuals moving forward, more of God’s purposes being fulfilled. Congratulations to all graduates! Let’s move forward standing firm in yes and no situations. Reaching for success, God’s best.