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Deciding to refuse

Monday Morning Motivation – Refuse

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "refuse."

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


We often say more about who we are through what we DON’T do than what we DO do. As I started to think about this topic, my mind went to how I know what I should and should not do.

Immediately, the Ten Commandments came to mind. As I am prone to do, I jumped onto google and checked out what they said on the topic of right and wrong. What was interesting to me is that 8 of the 10 focused on the “thou shalt not”—or the DON’T side of the equation.

Only two (keep the Sabbath, honor Mom and Dad) were directions on what we should be doing. It’s interesting to me that when God decided to hand out the instruction manual, he figured 80% of the content needed to be instructions on how to NOT do things versus how to do things!

I’ll argue that human nature is such that we’re all selfish and focused on “King Me” versus the broader good/the good of others. That’s why refusal is so, so important. We know the difference between right and wrong. The challenge comes when we have to make a choice about what we will and what we will not do.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • What will you refuse to do?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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