Just Say, “No!”

“Just say, ‘No!’” That’s what kids are told to say to drugs. But it’s not always that easy to do… to just say, “No!”

I’m a recovering workaholic. It’s hard for me to say “no” to ministry opportunities, but I’m learning. In fact, I did it just recently. I said “No!” to a friend who asked me to be on his ministry board. Truthfully, though, I almost said an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

Some of us have trouble learning that we have limits. Just because someone asks us to do something doesn’t mean we automatically should.

Lots of people in the church are this way. Sometimes they’re the best workers, too. Maybe I’m describing you.

When I told my wife I turned down the offer, she said, “Good for you! You’re learning.” But, I must admit that it’s still hard for me to just say, “No!”


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at Amazon.com by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.

You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.


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