I know there are a lot of people out there that simply don't have a lot of time on their hands. Me either. I have work, church, softball, boyfriend, small group, gym membership, Bible study, another job, and a friend or two. Things that pile up and make for a busy life. A common topic in messages, study books, sermons, etc. lately has been the importance of time. I've been taught that, when I dip my toes into too many things at once, the tasks that I'm performing are being done inadequately. I'm not putting my all into the important things, because I'm spending too much time juggling everything. As a result, people and projects fall by the wayside. One way to relieve some of this stress in my life is to learn how to say no when I'm asked for a favor or invited to do something. It's a hard lesson to put into practice.
But I've realized, there's more to it than just learning to say no to others. I don't know if anyone else ever feels like this... But sometimes, the HARDEST person to say no to? Myself! There are just SO MANY things that I want to do! A lot of times, when someone invites me to do something, I struggle with saying "no" because I WANT to say "yes"!
This is where God comes in. I need to learn how to say "no" to the things that I want to do, and focus on the things that He wants me to do. Now, that doesn't mean I can never go to dinner with friends because I might not be witnessing to anyone at that exact moment. It just means that, if there is something more important I could be doing for Jesus at that moment, than I sure as heck better be picking that over pizza and Coke Zero. The only way to really know what God's will is for those moments is to spend time with Him. And here it comes, full circle. The more of my precious time I give to Him, the clearer he will make my path (Proverbs 3:6). If I give Him the time that I have so little of, He will show me what things I can eliminate from my day, thus freeing me from the stress of being overworked.
So simple, yet so difficult.
Don't let your own plans for your life get in the way of God's. He's always right, and He's in control.