“Hey, Mike, can you help me move next weekend?”
“Amber, would you mind helping me with my Sunday school class for the next few weeks?”
“Liam, since basketball season has ended can you help with preparations for the upcoming play?”
Not wanting to hurt the feelings of others, Mike, Amber and Liam may all say yes to those asking for help. But if they stop and take a look at their calendar, they may see some conflict and have to politely decline.
Sometimes we may find it difficult to say no to requests, so we always say yes.
It won’t be long until we are bombarded with so many tasks that we will be exhausted physically and emotionally.
The past few times that I’ve visited my favorite bookstore there’s been one book that I’ve continued to walk by. I would secretly think to myself, “I don’t need that book because what’s inside won’t apply to me”
If you guessed it from the title of the blog post, the book is “The Best Yes” by Lysa TerKeurst. While I do try to help when I am asked, I’ve never found myself in a situation where I am in the middle of helping so many people that I can’t even remember my middle name.
I definitely don’t recommend becoming overwhelmed by all the tasks on the to-do list.
See which ones need to be accomplished today and focus on those tasks.
A best yes for me might be to help an older lady to her car, eating lunch with a friend after I had just warmed my meal up knowing she can use some encouragement, folding letters for a coworker who is surrounded by stacks of papers, etc.
A best yes won’t always look glamorous.
Ask for God’s help and He will help you choose the best yes for you in your current situation. He won’t leave you drowning in the middle of the ocean as you struggle to keep up with all tasks that you’ve been assigned to.
He will give you the strength to say no when needed, so you can say yes to what He has for you.
I highly recommend reading The Best Yes!
A few encouraging quotes from The Best Yes:
“Saying yes all the time won’t make me Wonder Woman. It will make me a worn out woman”.
“The one who obeys God’s instruction for today, will know His direction for tomorrow”.
“We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge”.