If it’s not ‘Hell Yes’, it’s NO!
I so wish I could take credit for this saying, but unfortunately someone else was genius enough to say it.
And let me tell you, it has made the decision process much easier for me these days.
I heard it one day when I was listening to a podcast by Rory Vaden, who is so awesome!
He provides such practical information and tips for business and every day life.
The topic of this particular podcast had to do with managing time and doing things that are not productive or beneficial.
In essence, it was learning how to better steward your time instead of wasting it.
As a former people-pleaser, I had a hard time learning how to say, “No.”
It took me a while to realize that this two letter word was powerful in its own right and did not warrant an explanation.
As you are becoming God’s best right now while you are waiting, you want to get clear about (if you aren’t already), who you were created to be and what you were called to do.
And then get busy doing it.
When you know who you were created to be and what you were called to do, you don’t have time to waste on things that don’t serve those purposes.
I am certain that at some point in your life, you have had people ask you to do something you didn’t want to do or knew you were supposed to do.
You already knew in your mind and heart that it was a “No”, and yet, somehow your lips formed a “Yes” instead.
It could’ve been because of the nature of the relationship you have with the person who asked.
It could’ve been because of underlying guilt you felt or out of an obligation you thought you had toward that person.
Whatever your reason, you knew it wasn’t a “Hell yes” for you, but you said “Yes” anyway.
- Even when you knew God was calling you to do something else.
- Even when you knew that saying yes to them, meant you might be saying, “No” to the Lord.
- Even when you knew it didn’t line up with your core values, assignment, or who you were as a person.
- Even when you knew that it would add no value to your life.
Whatever you reason was (or is), I am not here to judge because I have been guilty of all of the above and more.
I just want you simply to consider that the time God has allotted to you is for you to steward well.
We are called to make good use of the time we have and to:
…take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes. Ephesians 5:16, TPT (emphasis mine)
Now, I want to be clear that I am not talking about things you know the Lord may be calling you to do and you aren’t too excited about doing them.
For example: forgiving someone who hurt you or responding in a kind way to someone who just cursed you out.
That’s called dying to your flesh and we have to die daily, (for me that may be a few hundred times a day, lol).
I am specifically talking about those things that others have asked you to do that:
- You know are going to take you off course from the path God has called you to.
- Will draw you away from what God has given you to do or specifically spoken to you about not getting caught up in
- Is just simply not going to care for your soul or enrich your life in any way
So the next time, someone asks you to do something, pause and ask yourself this question before you give your response:
Can I honestly say, ‘Hell yes’?
If not, the answer is No.
And sis, you can leave it right at that!
The better you get at this, the more time, money, energy and resources you will find that you have over time.
Most times, we already know what the answer is.
We don’t have to pray about it.
We just need to practice saying, ‘No’ more often.
(Go ahead, put your lips together and practice it right now.)
You can thank me later!