I have just started my first online bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries at www.proverbs31.org . We are studying What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, by Lysa Terkeurst. Yep, it will just be me and several thousand other Christian women from all over the world trying to gain a better understanding of what it means to say yes…and mean it.
It is a simple word.
It is easy to spell.
It is easy to say.
…and yet it can be difficult to follow through.
Often times my “yes” is absolute in the beginning. At some point, I manage to downsize it to a “maybe”. There are so many things to do, places to go, and people to see. Some days I am exhausted and just want to put my “yes” on hold. “No, not today…maybe tomorrow,” I tell myself.
Sometimes my “yes” takes on complexity by adding a stipulation or two. This is the when/then game…when I get my house in order then I’ll serve at the food pantry…when I take a few more bible studies then I will volunteer to help in Sunday school…when I finish running my errands then I’ll have some time to sit and listen to the Lord. The problem with the when/then game is that it is a game of perfection. There must be a perfect “when” to gain a desired “then”.
especially if I am going to whole heartedly start saying “Yes” to God!
He wants me to be available to Him now. He will meet me where I am and use what I have to offer today. His priority is not my sink full of dishes or how many items are left on my task list. While these things are important, they are not the priority.
God desires me to be His hands and feet.
So I lift my hands, palms up, to receive His blessings today.And I say, “YES!”