On days when it’s raining heavily, or in the winter if there is a bad snowstorm, it’s very hard to say to Wally, “No, we are not going on a walk today.” Wally does not understand why we can’t go on a walk, and he continues to pester me until I say emphatically “no.”

The Bible tells me that I need to say “no” to my selfish desires and my own self-will. I don’t always understand why God says “no” but I need to trust that he knows best.

Mark 8:35 “Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self.” (MSG)