I say "yes" a lot. It slips off my tongue pretty easy. I have found myself over committed and exhausted from the curse of the yes. Its in my bones to help others, I love it and I hate it. I try not to be the first person to say yes to a project or a volunteer position not because I'm dodging my duty but, because I'm constantly asked. Which is no big deal for my servants heart, except when my yes lands me standing in the middle of chaos.
I have struggled with setting boundaries for myself when it comes to saying yes and I've been more successful over the past couple of years. It's still hard for me to say no. I read a book by Lysa TurKeurst, "The Best Yes" and it really opened my eyes to a new perspective on managing my responses. If I am constantly saying yes to every opportunity or every person that asks me, I may be too busy and miss a big yes that God has for me. Its not that saying yes is bad because offering to watch a friends kids is not a bad thing. In the grand scheme of things, I might be missing out on a better yes for me.
The solution? I need to have a consult with God before I make commitments. Sometimes that will mean putting a big pause on my answer or it could mean sending up a quick prayer asking God for guidance. Either way, I am learning to check-in with Him before making a decision because I want His best yes for me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I am participating in Five Minute Friday where writers take five minutes and write. No overthinking, no major edits, just let the words come out.
Today's prompt is: "Yes"
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