...to yourself - without feeling guilty? Have you ever said "no" to yourself?
I know we've talked about saying "No" without feeling guilty...in relation to others. Without a doubt, it is an indispensible quality we should all have and also apply to ourselves. I mean, what is the value of being able to say "No" to others without feeling guilty and not thinking about or ever saying "No" to yourself? Or of saying "No" then eating or "beating" yourself up?
In Ecc 2:10a, King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, said:
"Everything I wanted I took—I never said no to myself. I gave in to every impulse, held back nothing." (The Message)
I also like the NIRV rendition of the verse: "I gave myself everything my eyes wanted. There wasn't any pleasure that I refused to give myself." (NIRV)
Can you imagine that kind of life? The worst kind of life ever is one where "everything goes"...