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With school back in session and fall activities and programs and projects all launching, a peak at your calendar can lead to a heavy heart and even heavier sigh.
“Oh NO. Why didn’t I say no?”
I remember heaving a particularly heavy sigh one fall as I stared down my insane schedule. Fall was supposed to be a season of fresh starts and exciting new chapters and yet I was walking into it exhausted and full of dread. My schedule was overloaded with too much work, too many commitments, too many expectations and too many responsibilities.
Failing to say “no” had led to no margin. No rest. No fun. No relief. (The worst no.)
My overwhelming schedule had squashed my spirit and THE Spirit. There was no leading from the strength of my soul; there was only surviving. I couldn’t hear God’s voice speaking into my life and leadership because of all the noise blaring at me from every urgent meeting, last-minute request, family need and upset volunteer.
Ever been there? Are you there right now?
“The decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul.” Lysa TerKeurst
By saying yes to every request or demand, we are saying no to the people and priorities that take us closer to the woman God is creating us to be. We are saying no to our very best yes.
Leader friend, deciding to never say no to anything is not just a work-life balance issue; it’s a soul care issue. By deciding that kind of life isn’t life-giving in the least, we can decide to focus on our best yes every day. Life-giving indeed.
We’ll dive more into the how of a sustainable schedule with healthy boundaries and focus in upcoming posts. For now, I wonder, how is it with your soul?