When I was training to be in ministry my preaching class teacher taught us the motto; ‘Say yes and worry about it later.’
While that may not be the best motto to approach everything in life with, I think the movie ‘Yes Man’ toys well with the idea. It is a great motto to approach new opportunities, ministry and leadership with.
We all have a default answer to new things, is yours yes or no?
We can have a tendency as New Zealanders to shrink back if left to our own devises, but it is the spirit of God that calls us forward 2 Corinthians 6:11 – 13 “I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”
Personally when it comes to speaking saying yes puts me in a position where God can come through and grow me, even if the crowd or opportunity is overwhelming or out of my grid. When it comes to leadership saying yes puts us in the exact same position. Lets not shy away from new opportunities, extra responsibilities, and things that feel too big for us. It is in committing to these things and worrying about the details later that we grow and stretch into new levels and capacities of our self and God.
Responsibility is not a dirty word; it is the very thing that needs to be embraced if we are to grow. That is why life-changing experiences such as being married or having children can be hugely maturing as you take on the responsibility of others and not just yourself. However, we need not wait for these as we can grow by saying yes to what God is putting in front of us now.
What if you were only one yes away from coming alive, making a difference or discovering new dimensions to your self? Here is a challenge: say yes to helping that person, say yes to leading that small group, say yes to the voice inside you that prompts you to walk across the room and introduce yourself to the person you don’t know. Say yes to the voice that urges you to go back and finish that job properly. Say YES to the voice that is calling you to your highest self, it may just be the spirit speaking to you. Say yes a little more and become a greater leader.
- Joel Milgate