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With everything we have going on in life, it can be hard to find a healthy balance between work, family, and the many other things that fill our time. We see everything that needs to be done, and we want to do things well, but there’s never enough time.
We pour ourselves into the tasks at hand, over, and over again. Then we find ourselves exhausted, burnt out, and with a loss of passion and peace, with nothing left to give.
This happens far too often, not just in the marketplace, but in ministry as well.
It may be happening to you.
But how can we change this?
How to we balance out work, family, and other life priorities, with rest and replenishment? I want to offer a few things that have helped me through the years.
Learn to say, “no”
The word “no,” can quickly become the most powerful tool to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
For many, though, the word “no” is often the most underused words in our vocabulary. I believe this is because saying no is inconvenient. Saying no to things can cause conflict both internally and externally, hinder progress, or even stifle new ideas.
Being on the receiving end of a “no” can be brutal, but saying yes to everything isn’t going to make up for that either. It’s only going to make you more stressed out. It also makes other people, and yourself value your time less.
Saying no can be the pathway to saying yes to the right things in your life.
By saying no to unhealthy eating habits, you can say yes to healthy ones.
Saying no to an all-night Netflix binge may allow for a full night’s rest.
Saying no to one more project may allow you the margin you need to finish the projects you’ve already taken on.
Be brave enough to say no to give your best yes to the things that matter.
The bottom line — don’t be afraid to say no. Your emotional, spiritual, and physical heath may depend on it.
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