No Is A Complete Answer

No can be the hardest word to say

Sometimes, the most difficult answer to give is “No”.

Oh, not because I think I should answer yes, but because I want people to like me. Or want to keep the peace. Or because the battle isn’t worth the energy and time.

But the most destructive of all, is when I think I must agree or the person will stop loving me. That’s a terrible situation to be in. Or maybe it’s just the relationship that’s terrible and I need to consider what I want to do about it.

I’ve experienced all of the above. And for many years, I thought I had to give reasons why my answer was “No”.

No can be the easiest word to say

Thankfully, a friend gave me advice that set me free.

If I want to give reasons, I can. But I don’t have to.

No is a complete answer

Sometimes, the best things in life are the simplest.

What simple things help you in life?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.


May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

6 thoughts on “No Is A Complete Answer

  1. I love this, “No is a complete answer.” It’s freeing to think I don’t have to give excuses for saying no. Like Matthew 5:37 says, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” (ESV)

    I think that when you start giving excuses it can turn to evil because you are tempted to lie so you won’t make the other person feel bad or you look bad.

    The most simple thing that I have found to help me in life is to observe the Sabbath rest:)

    • Thank you so much for sharing the part of God’s Word that supports the simple answer! And taking time to honor God and rest on the Sabbath is very important.

  2. Yes! I learned this a while ago as well and it is so freeing!

    • Thanks for contacting me and commenting on my blog. 🙂 I appreciate your support.

  3. Thank you for the reminder that simple is often not just complete, but the right answer.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. It seems better for me to simplify and not complicate things. 🙂

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