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342. Start Saying No

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Episode 342

TODAY’S READING:

If you find some honey, eat only what you need. Take too much, and you’ll vomit.

Proverbs 25:16

 

You ever had too much ice cream that your stomach turned? Or have you ever overeaten at a restaurant? I know you have. It happens all the time.

 

We get really hungry, and we just eat everything in front of us without realizing we are already full.

 

You know the words; if I take another bite, I will throw up.

 

I think there is so much wisdom in this verse. We don’t need to be biting off more than we can chew. We don’t need to eat more than what fits in our tummy. We don’t need to take on more than we can handle.

 

This prayer is for me today, and I pray it serves you. Start saying no. When we over-commit and work ourselves too thin, we end up hurting all parties involved. We become weary, tired, cranky, and our work is half as good as it could be. The other party is counting on us, and we under-deliver. It’s not their fault that our work is poor in quality, they asked for help, and we said yes. It was our job to be honest and say, “I am sorry I can’t at this time. I am swamped.”

 

So whatever season God has you in today, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Or, in the words of this Proverb, eat only what you need. Take too much, and you’ll vomit.

 

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for this Tuesday. Thank you for the opportunities you have blessed us with. God, we ask that you help us in not biting off more than we could chew. Help us in understanding when we can say yes and when we have to say no. Let all that we do bring you glory. When we overwork ourselves and deliver at half value, we undervalue not just our work, but our work is a direct reflection of you. So Lord reminds us it’s better to say no than it is to deliver half our work. We thank you for everything. We love you with everything in us, AMEN!

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