For the last two summers, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Kenya with ZOE. And I’ve considered it, believe me. Africa has been on my heart since I was a wee girl. Each time I’ve said no with a hint of regret, but I’ve also had peace in my decision. This is not the right time in our family’s life for me to leave the country for 9-10 days.
For every yes, there is a no; for every no, there is a yes. In this season of my life, a trip to visit our working group in Kenya isn’t a good yes, so what is? What can I say yes to right now?
- praying for our group
- financially supporting our group
- telling others about ZOE
- teaching Henry what the Bible has to say about orphans
- serving people here, in Chapel Hill
- preparing myself for a ready answer when Henry asks about our local homeless
These are just a few ideas I thought of in about 5 minutes. The possibilities are really endless.
No is hard. It’s also liberating and powerful and – I believe – holy. No opens doors to the most beautiful possibilities, because only in the no can we say the most important yes.
To what are you saying, “No, thank you,” right now? And why?