The Power of Saying No

One of the things I’ve learned (and am still learning) is
the power of saying NO.  As leaders
we receive a lot of requests and ideas and if we aren’t careful we can fall
into a trap thinking that we have to say yes to everyone and everything or we
will hurt their feelings.  But
there is POWER in saying no.  For
over 10 years here at C3 I feel like I have said no a lot more than I have yes.  And much of the time I’ve said no to
good things! I’ve said no to those who wanted us to do VBS, I’ve said no to
those who have wanted us to start a softball team, I’ve said no to those who
wanted us to do AWANA, I’ve said no to people who wanted me to speak, share,
counsel, train, etc. etc. In the flesh we want to say YES to everything so that
people will like us.  But we can’t
fall into the trap of being a people-pleaser.  Anyone who is believing God for big things will be
criticized and we need to be willing to keep our eyes on God and not man. I
heard Craig Groeschel say, “Critics can distract us from God’s mission. The
more God blesses our ministry, the more comfortable we’ll have to become moving
forward in the middle of mixed opinions.

Galatians 1:10, “Am
I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please
men?  If I were still trying to
please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." (NIV)

I’ve discovered that I need to say Yes to God and His vision
for my life, and say NO to anything that will distract me from accomplishing
God’s plan.  What do you need to
say no to?

  • Damond Nollan

    Good message. Thanks for sharing!

  • Nate Fairfield

    I have an ‘inspirations’ folder that I use to keep ‘nuggets’ of wisdom that impact my life. I do this to help refresh and remind myself about what is important & to maintain a perspective that keeps me pointed towards Jesus. ‘The power of saying no’ is definitely in there. Thanks for the nugget!