How many of your friends and family are perpetually tired and haggard? Lives consumed with activity, leaving little or no time for rest. That was once me until I learned the power of a two-lettered word— No.
Was it easy? No!
I had to overcome my “people pleasing” tendencies. Accepting the fact that people would be disappointed, even angry. Knowing others would think I was self-centered and selfish, I developed a thick skin when it came to gossip and slander. No longer able to justify my worthiness by what I did for others, or what others thought of me. Who I was in Christ became the cornerstone of my identity.
Relationships changed. Some even ended. No longer being at others beck and call has a way of doing that.
Hobbies and leisure activities were modified. Some even went by the wayside.
Volunteering whenever and wherever there was a need ended. I became more selective. Valuing my time, instead of abusing it.
Overtime my perpetual “to do” list disappeared. No longer allowing others or the culture to define what constitutes a life of excellence. Where once exhaustion and resentment reigned. Now peace and wisdom were my daily companions.
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