I should be able to get everything on my to-do list done.
I ought to volunteer for the kids' school again.
I should make time to meet my cousin weekly for coffee.
I can't believe I thought about saying "no" to the volunteer coordinator at church.
And ... perhaps as a direct correlation of how many of those things you say to yourself and how often ... how do you feel? Energized, excited, delighted by life and everything you're undertaking? Or exhausted, worn out, dragging, reluctant, and maybe even (heaven forbid) a little resentful?
Author Susie Larson knows precisely what you're going through. I invite you to pick up a copy of her Christian nonfiction book, Your Sacred Yes, from Bethany House Publishers.
With care, compassion, patience, and many personal stories and anecdotes about her own experiences running the proverbial rat race and saying "yes" to every request and demand that came her way, Larson proposes a premise that may be life-changing for some readers: that the word "yes" is one of the most sacred words in your vocabulary, and that you owe it to the God you worship to use extreme care how often and in what contexts you use it.
Consider: even Jesus Christ, in the New Testament, gave guidance about saying yes and no (see Matthew chapter 5).
There are three ways to say yes, according to Larson's premise. First, our "yes" can be given sloppily, in haste, without thought as to what we're committing ourselves to or whether God would have us commit to that in the first place.
Second, our "yes" can be shackled, according to which we feel compelled into agreeing to something to stave off guilt or shame, but really feel angry, frustrated, impatient, and/or resentful while doing so.
Third, our "yes" can be sacred, whereby we remember that we are called by God to undertake His plans for us, and to join Him in His work, and so we say yes with care, deliberately waiting on God's timing and leading as to whether we should get involved or pass the opportunity by for a better one.
If your life is overrun with stress, busyness, panic, shame, guilt, and anger, it sounds like you could use a reminder that your "yes" is sacred to God, and that you owe it to no one else. Pick up a copy of Larson's work today and join the journey.
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Author: Susie Larson
Title: Your Sacred Yes
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1MMfLVB
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.