The Power of Yes
Last year, I said yes to attending a conference in Atlanta. Then, I said yes to applying to be a speaker. After sharing on stage, I was approached about attending an intensive training in Colorado. I quickly said no. But, the individual who approached me was convincing, using my own words to explain why I should attend. Although it did not make sense to me, I said yes. In September of last year, thirteen of us sat in a room in Winter Park, Colorado, sharing vision, goals, mission statements, and more. During those days on the mountain, we clarified our messages, shared our hearts, and formed incredible bonds.
Two women in attendance had formed a women’s ministry. As I heard them share what they wanted to achieve through their ministry, I knew I needed to come alongside of them. When they held their first conference two months later, I was there, teaching and sharing. This opportunity would have never come had I not said yes to going to Atlanta, and to sharing my story. If those two women had not said yes to attending the intensive in Colorado, our paths may not have crossed.
There is incredible power in our yeses.
A Yes Can Change A Life
Time and time again, I read stories in the Bible of lives being changed because they said yes to Jesus. Yes, I will follow you. Yes, I believe. Yes, I will go where you send me. Yes, I will serve the least of these.
I recently read, in Matthew 9, of two lives drastically changed by their yes.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”: 30 and their sight was restored. (Matthew 9:27-30a, NIV)
One simple question, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” was asked. They replied simply, “Yes, Lord.” Their sight was restored. They said yes, and their lives were forever changed.
Warning: We Cannot Say Yes To Everything
How easily we get excited, proclaiming our “Yes!” But friend, I feel I should warn you. We cannot say yes to everything. I was once told, and you may have been too, when we say yes to one thing we are saying no to another. I love speaking to women, sharing my story, encouraging and equipping them. However, I know I cannot say yes to every opportunity that may come my way. Not every opportunity is for me. I am not the right fit for all stages, and not all stages are the right fit for me.
It is so easy to say yes to so many seemingly good things, but essentially, we are saying no to our families, and to the calling God has for us. Have you ever said yes because you felt you should, or because of how it would make you appear to others? I have. Those yeses, which should have been nos, never turned out well. I inserted myself where someone else should have been, taking a place that did not belong to me, and robbing someone else of using their gifts. Over the years, I have learned to be careful in giving my yes.
What We Say Yes To Says Who We Are
Our yes is valuable, and our words should mean something. What we say yes to reveals who we are. I can tell you I love my family, but if I never say yes to spending time with them, I am a liar. What we say yes to determines how we spend our time. Are we being good stewards of our yeses? I want to be. With each passing year, being more careful of what receives my yes becomes increasingly important. I believe in the promises God has given me, in the calling, the purpose, the destiny He has on my life. Yet, I know if I am saying yes to a thousand other things and not where He is leading, I will miss it completely. I do not want to miss my own calling.
Sweet friend, I encourage you to look at what you are saying yes to. Ask yourself if your yes is glorifying the Father, if it is bringing value to yourself and those around you. Are you saying yes to the best God has for you? I hope you are, I really do.