Today my journey into rest continues…The biggest thing I’ve noticed is I’m starting to have time for some of the little things I’ve taken for granted for so long. Making a home cooked meal for dinner, cleaning up around the house, time to spend with family and truly engage, catching up on reading blogs I’ve missed, having flexibility in my schedule, time to nurse the migraine I had this morning and going into the jail again.
All these little things may seem small and insignificant, but isn’t it the little things that make life worthwhile?
Is my house in tip top shape? No. Did I make a gourmet meal? No. We will have leftovers a few nights this week and maybe a can of soup one night. (Oh, the horror!)
The point of all this is, slowly, I am starting to enjoy the simple pleasures forgotten in the pursuit of doing great things for God. I had spent so much time trying to help everyone with every need that I ended up helping no one.
We can get so wrapped up in trying to have a mighty impact in the world we forget the small things that have a huge impact in the lives of those around us. Things like making one on one time with our spouse, family or a friend. Going into the jail and praying with someone who’s lost hope and longs to see a friendly face and share a hug. These small things are greater works in God’s eyes most times, than the impact of a huge ministry. They don’t mean much in the eyes of men, but I’d rather have God’s approval in the end.
To have some of these small moments, I’ve had to say no to a lot of things. Saying no is not something I like to do, but as I read in a blog today “…if everyone got a yes, that’s just the same as everyone getting a no…” This is the thing to remember if you are a people pleaser like me. You just can’t say yes to everyone and expect it to work out well.
So in conclusion, I’m learning to enjoy the practice of saying no, so I can say yes to the important things that may not seem so important at times, but maybe down the road you may just realize how very important they were.
What things do you need to say no to so you can say yes where it counts? Do you struggle to say no?