The correct answer is almost always, “No”

  • Nehemiah 6:3 (NKJV) So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”

Over the last few I’ve been attending the South Carolina Church of God Campmeeting. Sort of like the salmon, each year I go back to the old campground to reconnect with the God of my fathers.

One of my favorite places to go is the makeshift bookstore that our denominational publishing house is so kind to provide. In my early days I stocked my book shelves with the books I brought from the discount table they provided.

Today, I have – probably hundreds – of those discounted books stored away in boxes: most of them books I never read. They were good books, worthy books, helpful books // I meant to read them; I intended to read them; but at the time I had not learned an important lesson that I have since learn.

The lesson is this: The correct answer is almost always “No.”

At your figure tips are dozens of options every day. There’s all kinds of neat technology available to you; places you can go, books you can read: almost endless opportunities and choices. There’s only one problem: you are a limited resource who lives within the limits of time and one life on this planet.

The quicker you learn the correct answer to almost every option, idea, opportunity and suggestion the quicker you can stay focused on the very, very few things that you must say “Yes” too.

Oh by the way, I did buy two books today (I have to support the home team). However, they are two books that will help me specifically with my mission in life-two books which I will almost certainly read…but then again maybe not (I could always box them up for another day).

If you can influence the outcome, do the work. If you can’t influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It’s merely a distraction. _Seth Godin, 120929 blog

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