‘No.’ Such a small word but it has so much power. It can propel you in one direction or another. It can bring one person joy and another person heartache. It can cause you stress or decrease your stress. All that in just two letters. Two letters, one syllable that I, at times, find hard to say…
There are a lot of things I want.
I want to be an amazing guitarist. I want to be a great teacher and preacher of the Word. I want to go and fight injustice in a third world country. I want to be up to date with all the trendy restaurants and food joints. I want to be a top honours law student. I want to volunteer my time in the community. I want to be all I can be for my friends. I want to invest proper time and effort into my piano students. I want to be an involved sister to my autistic brother. I want to reach and save the lost. I want to run a fundraising event for the Trust Fund I started. I want to be an encouragement to my parents. I want to be a talented photographer. I want to cook delicious meals. I want to have a consistent and dynamic prayer life. I want to be a super witty and clever blogger.
There are a lot of things I want but I can’t be all of these at once. Maybe one day I can do/be all these things, but right now, I’m learning how to say, ‘No’. Saying ‘No’ is not necessarily a bad thing… it’s about what is effective. It’s about saying ‘No’ for a greater ‘Yes’. I know that it’s better to do a few things well then to do a lot of things mediocre. It’s about knowing what’s a priority, knowing what God wants me or you to do right now this year, this month, this week, this moment.
How do we know what to do and what should be placed on the back burner? Make some time, make some space to get still, get quiet and cast your burdens on the Lord. Petition Him to show you where to invest your time and I guarantee, that as you wait on Him, He’ll reveal His heart for you, to you.
It worked for me :). Try it and see!
It’s like a boomerang — when you give it away … it comes back to you.
It provides the perfect cure for someone suffering from overwhelming discouragement, loneliness, grief, sadness, or strife.
(Even when that someone is YOU.)
Clue: With it, we live. Without it, we die.
– taken from the blurb of Dr. David Jeremiah’s new book
My dad watched this clip (see below) and then highly recommended that I watch it. Even though I’ve found out exactly why he said that (I rolled my eyes halfway through), it had a lot of truth that I was humbled by:
In case you want to watch the other parts…
“Be faithful in small things, then you will be entrusted with more.”
The parable of the three servants entrusted with varying amounts of talents (money) was the key passage in today’s devo (Matt 25:14-30). Then I heard it referred to in a CD message that my dad had popped into our car. I heard it again when I switched on ACC just before… three times, in one day? He must be trying to tell me something :P.
There have been so many changes… leaving my home church being the biggest spanner in the works. Looking back, it really was time to move on – such a God-Thing. There’s a saying that, “If you are the biggest fish in the pond, then it’s time to find new waters to swim in.” It’s not a reflection on the group of people we left behind but on the season that we are all in… we had to leave to do what we were called to do and in doing that, we gave room for others to step up and grow. I rejoice now when I see the status updates and photos of activities that have been happening over at the place I had once called home… they are flourishing beautifully and I’ve been released to grow in other areas of ministry. Our temporary home church is pretty much half the size (if not smaller) and there’s no one my age BUT, I get the opportunity to mentor and minister to teens every week in a way I never would have been able to if I had continued where I had been. Instead of being exhausted after every Sunday, I feel so invigorated and encouraged by their response and the privilege I get to speak life and truth into young lives who will in turn, be the future of The Church.
I’ve also just come back from a Semester 2 planning meeting with a Christian campus group that I’ve been affiliated with on and off for the last 5 years. I finally have the time to get actively involved in ministry that can directly impact my uni friends and being amongst like-minded individuals was just so refreshing… there’s something really different when you are flying with eagles ;).
“Sometimes we must cut off some things to focus on the main thing.”