“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Three main reasons why busyness may be interfering in your life include: doing too many things, not being organized, or being a perfectionist. At times, it may be a combination of some of these. Based on your reflection of last week’s study, did you decide you really are trying to do too many things? Do you think that more and more things have just “crept up on you” over time? Or perhaps, you did not notice that “one more thing” was a bit of a tipping point.
I believe God has instilled in each of us a desire and ability to express His love to others. This is His spiritual gift to us to use for His glory and the blessing of others. What is on your heart that you have not yet started, have not yet finished or want to continue to develop? Today is the day to stop delaying and it involves thinking about the word “No”.
Looking back, do you think you have added more things to your life because you did not want to say “no”? Have you been in circumstances where your mouth said “yes” but your heart and mind were loudly shouting “No”? Have you said “Yes” to something, and then quickly regretted it? If so, it is time to have a process for when to say “Yes” and when to say “No” to anything you are about to do.
Dear Heavenly Father: Help me to always turn to You first and listen to You. Please forgive me when I have said “Yes” to yet another request before reflecting on what the cost would be. Help me to wisely consider each request in the context of what is right in Your eyes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: Today, take time to reflect on the busyness of your life. Ask God to reveal to you if there are changes you need to make. Complete this prayer: “Heavenly Father, please search my heart and show me if there are things I should not be doing in the area of (fill in as you need to).”
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV)
Tuesday: What is your criteria for saying “yes” or “no” to a request for help or involvement in a new project? Have you made a checklist of your criteria for you to review when you need to discern your best response to a request?
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. (Matthew 5:37 ESV)
Wednesday: Besides defining your business’s purpose, a Mission Statement gives clear direction on what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. My business’s Mission Statement is “to professionally and creatively maximize patient function and promote lifelong wellness.” When presented with an opportunity, a request for help or decision on where to spend time and financial resources, I refer back to this Statement for direction. If you do not have a Mission Statement for your business, start working on one this week. There will be many resources you can find on the internet on what should be included.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. (James 1:5 MSG)
Thursday: What does the comment “No means yes” mean to you? What different areas of your business and personal life can you relate this to?
The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 NASB)
Friday: How might the comment “No means yes” apply to a decision you need to presently make? Take the time to make a “pros & cons” list to help you decide on your best response.
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. (Proverbs 14:1 NLT)
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work