"Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3
I have been feeling a little over committed lately. This is nothing new for me but in light of the new direction I find my life going, and in order be available to say yes to the prompting of the Holy Spirit at a moments notice, I need to simplify my life. Part of that is learning when to say no...even when what I am saying no is something that I enjoy doing...even when saying no means hurting someones feelings...even when saying no just plain hurts.
"When you need to take action, I will guide your clearly through My Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and over stimulating that you can easily lose sight of your direction...As you look to me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more." Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
Before saying yes or no, before taking on a new project or volunteering for one more thing, I need to seek Gods counsel, wait on His directions and obey the prompting of His Spirit. Even good things are not necessarily the right things to spend my time on. If I equate my time with God's time (which it is) then I need to be more selective in how I spend it. God knows more than I how much energy I have to devote to service and when my mind and body need rest. I need to seek His counsel first and always.
Doing this with a loving heart and a tender spirit will hopefully gain me grace from those who I've always said yes to in the past.
What about you? Is it hard for you to say no or have you learned the importance of this already?