The word for today is want.
Know What You Won't
I sat in church and heard the preacher. “Do you know what you won't?” Well, that's how this northern ear heard the word. It took my a minute to realize he was saying “want.” I chuckled and went back to listening.
That was a while ago, and I can translate “want” and “won't” much clearer now. But it got me thinking about the words want and won't and how these two words are connected. If I know what I want, I need to know what I won't too.
To know what I want means I have a clear vision of what direction I want to head. The important things in life. Health and wholeness, these are two values in my life. If I truly want these in my life, I need to say no to many things too. The won't list is important. If I want a healthy marriage, I won't have intimate conversations with the opposite sex. If I want a healthy body, I won't eat endless amounts of junk. I need to have a clear want in my mind, and then I need to think about my won't list.
This reminds me of Daniel (in the Bible) and his won't list. He didn't wait until he got into a tempting situation until he decided what to do. He planned it and kept to his won't.
Do you know what you want and what you won't?
Saying no is one way to move toward your yes. A good “I won't” is a positive step toward your best “I will.”
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