Monday, April 20, 2009

Yes Man

Being a "Yes" man

"Let your 'yes" be yes, and your 'no', no or you will be condemned."
James 5:12b(niv)

Usually being a "yes" man or woman isn't a good thing, it means you are a suck up, follower, people pleaser, or want to please your boss or supervisor or mate! I've been asked on job interviews if I am "yes" man or if I will stand up for myself and what I believe.

In the work place, being a "yes" person isn't a very popular thing, but in God's eyes and in the eyes of the world, we should be the type of people that are honest, dependable, have integrity and positive character.

God wants our "yes" to mean yes and our "no" to mean no. That's pretty simple isn't it? It means we'll do what we say. We won't say yes and mean no, or say no and mean yes.
Our integrity is the only thing we can give away ourselves. We can lose our job, money, house, posessions, but we only lose our word if we give it away by lying or being dishonest.

Honesty goes beyond just religion or christianity, it's a great moral value and trait to have in your life. It doesn't mean you can't say no, it means if you say no, mean it, or don't say yes, if you don't plan on doing whatever you said yes to.

How different our relationships with spouses, kids, co-workers, family, employees, church family, classmates, friends, and God would be if we'd start practicing this text in James 5:12. We are condemning ourselves when we don't mean what we say.

I challenge you this week in your daily lives to start practicing this principle of letting your "yes" mean yes and your "no" meaning no. See how different you feel, how different your life is blessed, and your integrity and character will be strengthened.

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