Learn To Say “NO” - Psalm 32:8
Psalm 32:8 - Psalm 32:8 -I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
I have to be careful in the way I say this. I don’t want you to just start dropping out of things or give you an excuse to say “no” to everyone and everything. God calls us to answer “yes” to him and to trust him. SO I am leery of giving you a license to say “no”.
I remember having a meeting one time where we were organizing a few ministry teams. One woman in attendance keep volunteering to be on all the teams. I told her that she could only pick one that she was really passionate about. She replied, “I am passionate about ALL of the work in God’s kingdom.” I did allow her to be on a couple of the teams but I told her that I didn’t want her to have to compromise the quality of her work for the quantity of time she would be putting in.
There are many of us like this woman. We are passionate about what we do, especially in the kingdom of Christ. We have a tendency to want to jump in and take both reigns and ride that horse into a frothy wretched mess. Sometimes we take on way too much and cause ourselves grief, anxiety, and pain. We can’t do it all to the best of our abilities and so we end up doing everything part way.
I believe that we should “count the cost”. Sometimes that means asking others their opinion before we jump in or seeking advise and counsel from trusted people in our lives. Sometimes we really need to bath things in prayer and give some time to make the right decision. And sometimes the answer has to be “no”.
At the beginning of the school year I volunteered to help out with the Bible club after school. It was only one day a week and I really loved the work, the people, and the kids. I really got into the mission lessons and did whatever I could. But life threw us a curve ball when my Father-in-law had a stroke and my daughter moved in with us for a while. My schedule changed. At first I tried to manage and keep on doing the same things. But I wasn’t doing anything to the best of my ability. So I reluctantly gave up helping out with the Bible club. My attention is needed at home for the moment. And with God’s help I can get back to helping out soon.
It is okay to say “no” to projects and programs that won't fit into your time schedule, add too much stress, or keep you from doing your best.
One of the reasons I take so much on is that I sometimes think that if I don’t do it than it won’t get done. The truth is that God often raises up people to do the work. In fact, sometimes he ask us to train someone to do the job we were doing… I must decrease so others can increase.
May God bless you as you seek his counsel in daily activities. May your passion never wane as you seek to follow his will for your life.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God; You are the wise counselor and advisor. Wisdom flows from your throne above. Help me to use my time and energy wisely and the the best of my ability. Keep me save in your arms and help me to trust in you always. Thank you for Jesus and the gift of life and peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!