Rocks, Decisions, & Negative Nellies

Ever been caught in what only looks like a lose-lose situation?  If I move that way, I’m sure to be clobbered.  If I move the other way, I’m sure to be clobbered too.  But, I can’t just sit here, I have to make a choice.

That’s the thought I had when I read these passages in the Book of 2 Kings 7.

“Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. “Why should we sit here waiting to die?” they asked each other. “We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”

I love this reminder. If you are caught between a rock and a hard place…do something. Inaction often has these consequences.

  • The longer we sit doing nothing, the more terrified we become. Eventually the fear paralyzes us.
  • The longer we sit doing nothing, the higher the probability of becoming a negative Nellie, a bitter-filled complainer with a poor me disposition.

I used to have a boss when I worked in sales who was constantly reminding the sales team the results of sitting still.

Nothing + Nothing= Nothing.

If you are having a difficult time making a decision today, don’t just sit there.  Choose a direction and take a small step.

What step do you need to take today?




8 thoughts on “Rocks, Decisions, & Negative Nellies

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Do I need to get up? LOL. Today is my favorite day. I get to do what I love to do, for the Person I love the most, to the people whom I have come to love. What more could there be?

    1. Eileen Post author

      Your comment made me smile, Bill! Sounds like you’re in the right profession. 😉 Happy Sunday to you!

  2. Julie (@InciteFaith)

    lol @ Bill’s comment.

    There are areas in my life where taking initiative and doing something don’t take a lot of effort on my part. Then of course there are personal areas that are a little more difficult.

    It’s not so much being stuck between a rock and hard place, it’s more or less knowing that for most of my life I’ve got up and did the dirty work when it was hard and reaped nothing in return. In those times I realize I’m being selfish and then I remind myself of this verse:

    Galatians 6:9:

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

    I pray often that God gives me the strength and peace not to give up.

    Great post Eileen and feel challenged. God bless you. 🙂

  3. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – such great advice. I see a few awesome tweets in there my friend. And when you make a decision to move, God can guide you. You don’t move, He can’t guide you.
    Great post
    God bless
    Tracy 🙂

  4. John Bates

    Well said. Pick a direction and start walking. If it turns out to be the wrong direction pick a new direction and KEEP ON WALKING. Nice post.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Nicely said, John! We sit on our hands refusing to move far too often. Thanks for stopping by!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.