Wayne Stiles says it best “Only when we know what to say yes to can we say no to everything else”.
Finding balance in our lives is a constant struggle. God’s priorities for you and people’s expectations of you will seldom go together. Look to God, not to others, to determine our priorities. Jesus determined his priorities by spending time with the Father. Mark 1:35-38 “Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and said to Him “Everyone is looking for You”. He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for”.
Jesus walked away from needs that only He could meet. The Father had different priorities for Jesus than just a healing ministry. The healing balanced the teaching. And even though people would have preferred Jesus choose differently, He pleased the Father instead. Jesus was misunderstood, rejected, even crucified, and yet He was successful.
Jesus said no, so that He could say yes to what was most important. Don’t fall for the lie that says that a good Christian should never say no to legitimate needs.
The pursuit of balance is the goal. So don’t be frustrated with the constant effort.
Continue to write in a journal everyday your Praises, Thankfulness and Prayers to the Lord and see how He works in your life each day, week, month and year!