The Art of Saying, “Yes”!

Part 4I’ve been writing lately about learning to differentiating between working for God and working with God. I have also mentioned the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say “No”. While doing so I have assumed that most people are the first to volunteer and actually have difficulty saying “No”. While this is true for most ministers, it is not true for everyone. For some, saying “No” comes easy. In fact, there are a good number of people who are so well versed in The Art of Saying “No” that, “No” is the only thing that they do say. If this is you, my friend, you must learn The Art of Saying “Yes”!
The ole adage states that 20% of the people in church/ministry do 80% of the work. If you’ve served in ministry any amount of time, you can probably attest to this being true. Just think what could be accomplished if the other 80% of God’s people learned to say “Yes”!
There is a great big world out there that is in need of someone who will answer “Yes” to God’s call. Unfortunately it is often difficult to say “yes” when saying yes means that you might have to say “no” to something else. Quite possibly you will have to give up things you enjoy doing in order to make time for something you need to do. Saying “yes” will require time, energy and most often even your finances. Saying “yes” may stretch you out of your comfort zone, and yet that might be exactly what you need to happen. 
God never intended for 20% of His people to do 80% of the work. Many of God’s children have become self absorbed and rarely take time for God, let alone their fellow man. As God’s children we must learn to work with one another and with God to accomplish His ministry. Working with God requires action, and action requires learning The Art of Saying, “Yes”!

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