Learning to Say No | Selah Leaders Podcast | s02e01

Learning to Say No: What Gets Your Yes?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities and demands on our time. This week’s sermon delved into the importance of learning to say no and understanding what truly deserves our yes. By aligning our priorities with God’s calling, we can lead more balanced and fulfilling lives. Let’s explore the key points from the sermon and how they can be applied to our daily lives.

The Importance of Prioritizing

Why Prioritizing Matters

Prioritizing is essential for managing our time and energy effectively. Without clear priorities, we risk spreading ourselves too thin and becoming exhausted. The sermon emphasized that every yes to something is a no to something else. Therefore, it’s crucial to be intentional about what we commit to.

Biblical Examples of Prioritizing

The story of Jairus and the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:21-43) was highlighted to illustrate the importance of not letting others’ urgency dictate our pace. Jesus prioritized healing the woman even though Jairus’ daughter was critically ill. This teaches us that we must stay focused on what God has called us to do, rather than being swayed by external pressures.

Managing Your Yes and No

Vision Dictates Your Yes

Having a clear vision helps in making decisions about what to say yes to. The sermon shared personal examples of how vision can guide our commitments. For instance, focusing on being a good husband, leading a church through a building campaign, and serving pastors and church leaders were the key priorities that dictated the speaker’s yes.

The Power of a No Template

Creating a pre-written “no” email template can make it easier to decline opportunities that don’t align with your priorities. This approach not only saves time but also reduces the emotional burden of saying no.

The Role of Faith and Obedience

Obedience Over Sacrifice

Scripture teaches that obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). The sermon emphasized that we should continually reevaluate our commitments to ensure they align with God’s will. Just because an opportunity seems good doesn’t mean it’s God-ordained.

Being Led by the Spirit

Being led by the Spirit is crucial for making wise decisions. The sermon encouraged us to stay connected to God through prayer and community, ensuring that our yes and no are Spirit-led.

Practical Tips for Managing Time and Commitments

Assessing in Seasons

It’s important to assess our commitments regularly, not just when problems arise. Open dialogue with family and team members can help in managing responsibilities effectively.

Balancing Life and Ministry

Balancing various roles requires clear priorities and open communication. The sermon shared practical advice on how to manage time effectively, ensuring that family and personal life are not neglected.

Applying the Sermon to Your Life

This week, take some time to reflect on your current commitments. Are they aligned with what God has called you to do? Here are a few questions to guide your reflection:

1. **What are my top three priorities in this season of my life?**

2. **Have I said yes to things that are draining my energy and time?**

3. **How can I create more time for what truly matters by saying no to less important tasks?**

Challenge for the Week

Write down your top three priorities and use them as a filter for making decisions. Create a “no” template to help you decline opportunities that don’t align with these priorities. Spend time in prayer, asking God for guidance on what should get your yes.

By focusing on what truly matters and being intentional with our commitments, we can lead more balanced and fulfilling lives, aligned with God’s purpose for us.

Thank you for reading this summary. We hope it helps you in your journey to prioritize effectively and live a life led by the Spirit. If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out.


Nick Newman

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