The calls came in quick succession.
I’d not expected either one.
I don’t normally write this down, but a part of my God-sized dream involves speaking. In some nontraditional ways to some nontraditional audiences. Several weeks ago, I received two requests to speak to some new groups, to which I had no connection, in cities that are not my own, on topics I love to speak.
But still I couldn’t say yes. I couldn’t understand why I had such hesitation.
You see, I prayed for a long time for God to help me find the right relationship and then I married my husband when I was in my 30s. I prayed for long time to have children and then we were gifted with triplets after the years of struggle. I don’t doubt for a moment that God has a plan where He will use my passions and talents. However, I also don’t doubt that whatever His plan is, a huge part of it is being a faithful mother and wife (and employee).
So I just kept praying. Praying for wisdom. Praying for guidance. And even though it seemed to contradict what I thought my God-sized dream was, I said no to the requests. I thanked them and offered the possibility of something in the future but said I couldn’t add additional travel into my schedule this year.
Then I spent much of the next two weeks at home. I had some very sick kids that I needed to take care of and I watched them knowing they were one of my biggest God-sized dreams. One dream does not preclude the other. Yet one sometimes has to be the priority.
Last week another call came. Another one out of the clear blue sky where an energy event planner read an article in which I had been interviewed. From that, she found my blog and my book and my speaking information. She asked if I would offer the closing keynote at a summit in the fall. Speaking in some nontraditional ways to a nontraditional audience as the closing keynote speaker. Oh, and the summit would be held ten minutes from my front door.
The first opportunities were “better,” but this one was the best. I had to say no to the better in order for there to be room for the best.
Now Lord knows there have been plenty no’s (those I chose and those I haven’t) that were never followed by a yes. Saying no is so scary. What if it’s my last shot? What if it’s the last door? But if it’s not the best yes for you, then it’s never your last shot. (<==== Click to tweet) It’s God teaching you. Training you. Walking you through the pruning process so you can really bear fruit.
Saying no to the better can open the door to His best. (<==== Click to tweet)
Shared by: Gindi Vincent
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