stop saying yes to everything

Hello, my name is Kristen and I am an over-committer. I hate to say no, almost as if saying no makes me rude and inconsiderate. When I say no, I think I am letting someone down. So, instead of being honest, I’ve said yes and ended up falling short in my commitments. I think part of that came from being a people-pleaser, partly because I am a woman and that is just how we’re wired, and part was due to being young and being able to survive on less sleep. Only two of those are still true. I absolutely cannot survive on less sleep. Ever. I love and need my sleep.

If you’re going to be a healthy, sane individual you have to stop saying yes to everything. Sounds simple, right? How difficult can it be to say “No, I’m unavailable.”? Turns out it was/is really hard to do.

If you’re in the same boat, think about this: People will be more disappointed if they were counting on you to fulfill a task than if you would have been honest about not having the time to commit.

Since we are the hands and feet of Jesus, there are going to be times in our lives that God is going to ask for our time. These are the times to say yes! But if your schedule is jam-packed because you’ve said yes to everything else, how are you going to be able to say yes to God? Or are you already in the situation where God is requesting your time and you are holding back?

There are only 24 hours in a day and hopefully you are sleeping 7-8 of those hours (8-10 if you’re like me). Take a quick inventory of where you’re spending your time and decide if that is a healthy balance.


Be generous with your time when it matters and know when you need to say no.

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