“The clearer your vision, the more you’ll say ‘no’ to.”
~ Don Kammerdiener, IMB
We are a doing people. We are always doing. (Or at least in the South, we’re always fixin’ to do something.) We do for our families. We do for our friends. We do at church, and we do in the community. How do you determine what you should be doing?
I love this quote from Don Kammerdiener. Whether you’re running a multi-million dollar company, running a household, leading a LifeGroup, or leading a ministry, you make decisions about what gets a “yes” and what deserves a “no” as opportunities come along. Sometimes we do what we think is best, and other times we do what feels like it needs us the most. The truth is, there are more needs than we could ever fill, so we must choose wisely how we’ll use our resources, our time – our very lives – to do what God would have us to do.
Ask God to give you a vision for His will for your life. Ask God to narrow your focus. Ask Him to give you clarity about what is and what is not your calling. Write down your thoughts as He speaks to you in Bible study and prayer. Seek His face, and then act on the vision God gives you. When you know you’ve heard from God about His vision for you, saying “no” to that which isn’t God’s vision will mean that you will remain free to say “yes” to all that God is calling you to do.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)