Just Say “No”!
One caveat before I begin: if the pastor calls and asks you to do something, the answer is always “yes”! Now, on to saying “no.”
We are overwhelmed with decisions about great things we can do. There are movies to see, restaurants to try, work assignments to take, and numerous volunteer and philanthropic to fulfill. Add to that responsibilities at home and to those we love, and we become dazed by the decisions we need to make each and every day.
But yet we must make decisions, and amidst all those decisions lies the path to the best possible life for us. So how do we know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”? We only know the answer to this when we’re in touch with what our greater purpose in life is (on this topic, listen to the message, “Which Way?”).
Stephen Covey put it this way: “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good’.”
Even Jesus walked away from the many good things he could do so that he could focus on what was best. If we want to find the way to the best possible life God has for us, we need to stay true to the purposes and passions that God has given us. And we can’t do this without saying “no” to the things that pull us away from this.