Know When It’s OK To Say “NO”
In Numbers 11, Moses gives us an example of what we can do when we are under stress. Talk about pressure, he was leading the Israelites through the wilderness on what should have been a few days trip instead of forty years!
The people were depressed and weeping over their situation. In verse 14 of the book of Numbers, Moses told God, “I am not able to carry all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.”
Just like Moses, it’s okay for us to say, “I have reached my limit.” It’s true that the bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians. 4:13, but that is really referring to times when we face various tribulations and hold unto God to help us through.
It doesn’t mean we should take on so many responsibilities that we completely get burn out, like a pastor who is forced to carryout all the duties in the church, preaching, cleaning the church, driving the members here and there, counseling those who needed him and yet have to take care of his wife and kids, he will quickly get burn out.
Sometimes, it’s all just too much…and it’s okay to admit that. It’s also okay to say “no” to some things so you can really enjoy life the way God intended it for you.
Get this right: We don’t have to be like everyone else or keep up with anyone else. God created some people to handle large amounts of work, but many people were not made this way.
Each of us needs to be who God created us to be, and we don’t have to apologize for that. Each an everyone of us need to individually find the balance of responsibility God has established for us to live in so we can enjoy our life, instead of making ourselves sick with an overload of stress and pressure.
When you reach your limit, go to God, just like Moses. He will help you find a wise, healthier lifestyle.
Let’s Prayer: Father, sometimes it’s hard for me to slow down and say no to more responsibility. Help me to live with the balance of responsibility You created for me, so I can live with Your peace and enjoy life that you have given in Jesus Name.