I am sure someone reminded you of the first time you ever said no. I remember many hearing many young children hurling that word around as I walk through stores and am in other public spaces. It is seen as an act of disobedience, or the child is just being obstinate towards the parent.
I am talking about another first time in sayin no, the first time that you said no to something and then stuck with it.
You said no to…
An abusive relationship
A dead end job
Addiction to a myriad of other issues
At one point, you have said no to something and you came out better for it. I just know it.
I have said many “no’s” in my lifetime, and there are a few other “no’s” that are left for me to conquer with God’s help.
What is something that you need to leave behind right now? What would you give up?
What comes to mind?
I find when I ask myself that question, many deeper issues come to mind. It is easy to say at this moment, I will eat healthier or I will be a better husband/employee/friend. Yet, I hesitate as I know this is not just some snap decision. It is a commitment. This is why I am focusing today, on the no.
Your no’s, are you unacceptable acts or ideas. They are not your, “I will try not to’s”
What is one thing right now that you can work on actively saying no to?
Mine is anxiety, I refuse to succumb to the unknown future. I refuse to worry about what may happen. Enough of my life is taken up with what is happening. I have y wife counting on me. My family counting on me. My students counting on me. And that matters to me.
I can’t live in the future or the past, so I say no to anxiety and give it over to the One who who knows my future and still embraces me as His child.