it’s okay to say no

There are many wonderful places to see, people to serve and things to do.

God has been reminding me of late that that is true.

But also this truth, which has been hard for me to grasp some days:

It’s okay to say no.

I do not need to be all things to all people, serve everywhere I am asked, and go everywhere.

God has blessed me with a great family, lovely friends, and work I am skilled at doing.

Yet I have a tendency to take things on without seeing the long term effects.

Saying no to something good means I can be free to say yes to something better – if that is where He wants me to serve, go or do.

I’ll be honest, I am having to get used to saying “no.”  It is not comfortable, but when I know that “no” is best for me, I need to use it.

Not because I don’t want to, but my yes needs to be reserved for what I know is my calling and purpose, and best for not only me, but my family.

The key for me?  Just keeping it a no. I do not need to explain myself when I say no. I can be nice and polite with my response, without feeling nervous, anxious or stressed about the fact I have said no.

The main one I always want to say yes to is God.

If I am keeping myself so busy that I can’t hear His voice? Time to start saying no!



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