simple step # 8:
I totally get that it is hard to say “no”. We are faced to make a decision between these two little words every day of our lives. The words yes and no are short but powerful. These words determine the course of our life. Doesn’t that make them extremely important? Doesn’t that mean we should be careful when using them? Absolutely.
Many confess their lack of confidence in saying no complicates their lives. It is easier initially to utter the words yes, but much more complicated in the long run when you are carrying that yes out. If you would have just said no, you could have saved yourself some exhaustion, chaos and congestion in your life. Of course, this rule doesn’t hold true in every situation because sometimes our answer needs to be yes, but only to those things in which we were appointed by our Creator to say yes to. We give away too few no‘s and not enough yes‘s for those right things. By increasing your no, you are creating opportunities for yourself (and others) to say yes…the right yes at the right time.
Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (and will put you in bondage) – Matthew 5:23
Here’s your challenge this week:
Evaluate your yes and no responses well. Don’t be hasty in your response, but be confident once you’re ready to give your answer. It’s ok to take some time to think about your answer. The answer needs to come from God. After all, we are here on His mission, not our own.
For an expanded version of this simple step, visit my post “just say no!”
There is more to say on this topic. Check out my video “Having a hard time saying no?”