Hello there, friends!
Have your toes been stepped all over this week? I know mine sure have! Because, you see, I was born a doer. Put something in my hands and I'll see that it gets done. And while that's not a bad attribute to have, couple it with the inability to say "no" and the waters are quickly muddied.
Case in point: Some years ago, I found myself being asked to do a thing, and I said yes. The same person asked me to do something else, and again I said yes. And for many months after, this back-and-forth continued, the asking and the accepting, until one day I realized I had become overwhelmed and overburdened with all the things. Even worse, I knew most of those things weren't really even mine to do. But hating to disappoint anyone, I stubbornly pushed through.
There came a day, though, when I. needed. a break. Just ONE day away from all the responsibility and extra assignments I had said yes to.
I told them of this break in advance and all seemed well, my decision respected ... until the day actually arrived. Someone else didn't do their part, and I was asked to fill in. And then to cover for someone else who was falling behind. And then while I was at it, just this ONE other thing, if I wouldn't mind.
And it was on that day I learned an invaluable lesson:
Not everyone will respect and protect your need to say no. YOU, therefore, must be its fiercest guard.
While that day my answer to it all was yes, I knew it wasn't right, and I knew it was time to make some changes that would carry me far beyond that singular moment in time. Because, as Priscilla Shirer reminds us in Breathe:
"Enough is enough."
And my enough had arrived. Has yours?
You see, for someone like me, it can be easier to say yes than to try explaining away a no. But when God shows us that something is not ours to carry, we need to trust Him enough to say no and leave it there, regardless of what anyone has to say — no explanation needed.
If what we're saying no to is something He wants done, He'll take care of the how (HIS job). We simply need to be open and responsive to His plans for US (OUR job).
And hands open, ready to receive straight from God? THAT, my friends, is the best place to be.
Has your "enough" moment arrived? Will you commit to praying for God to show you those things it's time to let go of and the courage to act on whatever He reveals? If you're comfortable doing so, share with us your prayer down in the comments OR just let us know "Enough is enough!"
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