By: admin On: January 18, 2016 In: Devotional, Spiritual Growth, Time Management Comments: 0

Do you have a hard time saying no? Me too. Women are helpers at heart, and when we are asked to do something by well meaning people, we struggle to respond with a no answer.

If we want to take control of our time, we will need to learn to say no.

Oswald Sanders in his book, Spiritual Leadership, comments on this important principle of time management, “When Jesus reviewed His life at its close, He said: “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do (John 17:4).” Jesus completed His life’s work without any part spoiled by undue haste or half-done through lack of time. Twenty-four hours a day was sufficient for Him to complete the whole will of God.”

discernment, responsibilty
Now that we have approved the “excellent things” for the New Year, we have to commit to those priorities by saying no to lesser demands. Gordon MacDonald, in his book, Ordering Your Private World, points out that, “Unseized time comes under the influence of dominant people.” Don’t allow people to dictate how you will spend your time. Avoid the temptation to be a “people pleaser,” choose to please God by protecting the time you have already committed. 
Jesus said in Matthew 5:37, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” The word of a believer is to be completely trustworthy. When you give in to a pressure or demand of your time with a “yes”, wishing you had really said “no”, you have not been honest in your response. 
If you have difficulty saying no, you are more than likely a woman who is continually overwhelmed by her schedule. Being over committed causes undue stress and anxiety, and is often responsible for burn out in ministry. Like Jesus, our 24 hours a day is sufficient to complete the will of God. 
If our time is out of control, it is not because God has assigned us with too much to do, it is because we have failed to learn this important truth about time management.
Try it this week – just say no! It will set you free to accomplish, and walk in the fullness of God’s perfect purpose and plan for your life.

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