On my list for 2008, I wrote that one of the things that I'd like to do this year is say no to something, at least once.
I struggle with this, because I want to be helpful and genereally, when someone asks me to do something, I usually think, that's not a big deal, I can do that. The problem, however, is that when I say yes to too many things, it does become a big deal. Because then I get stressed about every "little" thing that I need to do and it is usually my family who suffers the consequences.
So yesterday, when someone called and asked me to make some posters for a Congo Coffee House that our church is having, I thought: "That's wouldn't be a big deal", but then I remembered all of the things that I need to do this week before our women's retreat on the weekend and how I'd like to spend sometime with my family before I go away and I realized that I wouln't be able to do it.
So I said: "No."
It's strange howI felt good and guilty at the same time.
But, I'm really glad that I said no.
And really, that's part of simplifying, don't you think?