Church Leadership
Overcome Ministry Burnout By Learning to Say ‘No’
Saying ‘no’ isn’t a lack of faith. Sometimes it’s a necessary first step in narrowing our focus and strengthening our faith.

People who are frozen into inaction are making the same mistake as those who are franticly trying to do everything. Neither one has learned to narrow their focus.

Once we know what we’re called to do, it becomes easier to say ‘no’ to what we’re not called to do. Whether it’s my momentary desires or someone else’s demands, saying ‘no’ is often a necessary first step in saying a faith-filled ‘yes’ to what God is calling us to do.

I’m Not God’s Only Option

Most Christians are good at saying ‘no’ to bad things. To sinful things. But we’re still not reaching our God-given potential because we’re spinning our wheels doing empty things. Things that God never called us to do.

We convince ourselves that if we don’t do it, it won’t get done. But we’re not the only tool in God’s utility belt.

Some of this comes from pride. We convince ourselves that if we don’t do it, it won’t get done. But we’re not the only tool in God’s utility belt.

God can do anything. But I’m not him. What I can’t do, God can do through someone else. I’m not an eye, I’m a hand.

Let Go and Say 'No'

Are you, your church or your ministry paralyzed by indecision? Flaming out because you’ve been burning the ministry candle at both ends? Feeling guilty for the promises you meant to keep before you ran out of time or resources to do them?

Start saying ‘no’.

Now.

Seriously.

Take a deep breath and tell yourself this truth: I can’t do everything.

Don’t you feel better already? Stating the truth has a way of doing that.

Let go of what you’re not called to do. Grab hold of that unique, faith-filled idea you are called to do.

Then be awesome at.

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September 19, 2016 at 6:47 AM

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