Meditation for Perfectionists – Tuesday June 22, 2021
A Healthy Habit
Mark 5:18-20: “…The man…begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him…” (vv.18-19).
For most of my life I avoided using the word, “no.” Sometimes it meant I participated in situations I knew were contrary to God’s will for me. Often it meant I hid my opinions or feelings when they differed from someone else’s thoughts. I neglected my own physical and spiritual needs for rest, because I could not refuse the request to work late “just one more time.” I felt used and burned up.
Eventually I realized I could no longer function effectively always giving in. I began to say “no” at appropriate times. At first it felt extremely unfamiliar and uncomfortable, but in time I developed a healthy habit.
One of my journal entries indicates my progress. I wrote: “No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no……..” No’s filled the page. The last line read: “And IT’S OK!” Musical notes lined the margins.
I am singing a new song.
Lord, help me to have the courage to say “no”
when I believe it is sensible to do so.
I want to follow your example.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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