March 5, 2017


Paul warns us to “be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Eph 5:15–16). So how can we do this? A good place to start is by learning how to say no.

 We can’t say yes to everything Jesus requires without saying no to other requests in our lives.

 By being selective about how we spend our time and energy, we can best dedicate ourselves to the one thing to which we should always say yes: becoming like Christ.

 Need some guidance in how to make “the most of every opportunity”? Check out the following strategies for saying no with grace and tact to best nurture your spiritual formation journey:

  ➤ Be direct—One of the most effective methods is to be polite but direct. When you say “I’m not sure” or “I don’t think I can do that” you leave ambiguity about whether you’ll say yes at a later time. Simply say, “Because of prior commitments, I won’t be able to do that.”

 ➤ If pressed, explain your “commitment”—Most people aren’t offended when you say no, but in some situations, you will be pressed to give a reason why you can’t add their priority to your to-do list. Explain your “commitment” by saying, “I’m unable to take on new tasks because I’ve made a commitment to spend more time on activities related to my spiritual formation.” Who knows, such a response might lead to a fruitful conversation!

  Although it’s not always easy, saying no to demands for your time and energy will allow you to spend more time praying or journaling or doing whatever activity you choose to bolster your commitment to becoming more like Christ.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Keep praying for Paul K and the fact that he has to wait till June for an operation to remove his kidney because of cancer.


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