Just Say No //
“If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” Elisabeth Elliot
Woah. I can't be the only one who that quote struck right in the heart! Lets read the beginning of that again; "if we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there"... I don't know about you, but I have spent the majority of my life saying 'Yes' to anything and everything thrown in my direction.. mainly because I never want to disappoint anyone or come off as 'mean'. I've always wanted to be approachable, committed and a person to lean on. In 2018, I am a recovering people pleaser. (Feels weird to say it like that...lol)
For years, I thought saying yes meant doing God's work. Especially if it was within the church. I spent week after week taking on more than I was mentally and physically capable of, and feeling burnt out as a result. As I've been diving into scripture, I realise that EVEN JESUS had to say no to good opportunities. Why? In order to grab hold of the right opportunities- the ones He was meant to say yes to. We have to make space in our agendas.. to let God be God.. and let Him lead us.
Now, I'm not saying turn down ALL things... from experience, I can tell you that I did not learn how my agenda SHOULD look until I saw how it SHOULDN'T look. For example: Towards the end of 2017 I said YES to so many responsibilities until I found myself thinking and stressing about them almost every day of the week. I saw that by saying yes to all things thrown my way- people would continue to ask me for more, because I was a 'yes' person. It was like this, until a friend said to me: "take a week off from all this- this is not important enough for you to sacrifice so much of yourself". And guess what... I said NO.. and the world didn't stop spinning. People did not mind. And I had more time to spend with God.
Have you ever felt God leading you to do something, but you didn't feel like you had the time to do it? That's how you know it's time to reevaluate your schedule and eliminate a few things. "There's always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy." What things can you say no to today? Is there something on your plate that you know you're not supposed to be doing? Say no, and let God lead you to your next yes.
In a culture that equates worth with busyness, we have to retrain our minds to know that there is power in rest. When we rest at the feet of Jesus, we won't have to wonder what we should say yes to. He will lead us to the right opportunities, and He'll give us the strength and energy to do them well. Let's shift our focus from pleasing people, to obeying God's leadership, and He will undoubtedly give us the opportunity to serve people. When we're free to serve people, instead of striving to please them, we will find ourselves bringing joy to others. Joy transcends happiness. It doesn’t waiver based on circumstances. That's something that's worth saying yes to. Doing this has changed my life.
So, here's my challenge to you... Do it. Say no. You'll be amazed by the good that will come from it.
Love, N. x