“To say no is to protect what you’ve said yes to.”
You can read the rest of the post at Conversion Diary. The author says that when we say no to a new commitment, we steward or care for our previous commitments well.
I’ve had the “saying no” conversation several times in the last few months. This explanation of why it is truly most responsible and godly to say “no” at times is probably one of the best I’ve heard or read. It assumes that present commitments were formed prayerfully and wisely, so evaluating present commitments may be the best way to start this little (or big!) process.
As I think about this, I have found astounding grace when I have followed the lead of the Holy Spirit in saying “no,” even to great ideas or opportunities. It comes back to being call-directed or need-driven. Being need-driven is easier in some senses and requires no thought when a need comes up- just say “yes!” and figure out how to make it work. It’s tempting because of the instant gratification of filling a need. Being call-directed is harder at times and requires reflection, prayer, and divine guidance. Sometimes, a true need arises, and I’m not called to fill it. (Actually, this happens more often than not!)
So back I go to the sovereignty of God, and the knowledge that Jesus is the savior of the world, not me.
And I can say, “no.”