No is a Complete Sentence
No is a complete sentence. I saw this written earlier and it struck a nerve with me. As I daydream about what 2017 will hold for me I can't help but reflect on my past. One thing that lingers in my mind is how much of an impact the simple word no has had on my life. No has been made out to be bad when in reality this isn't always the case.
In 2016 I read the Year of Yes and was immediately inspired to live my life to my own standards. I traveled the world, I left my job, I started this blog, and I fell in love. Saying yes to different things in life also means that you will have to say no to other things that are occupying needed space. When I said yes to love, living, and dreaming there were other things that had to be put to rest. I had to end my rocky relationship with heartbreak, existing, and my fear of failure. I had to say yes to what God had in store for my life which made me think even further on God's position in my life.
I've written about my struggles intimately on this blog. I've talked about my accident, mourning the death of friends, my mental health, not being where I want to be in life, and a host of other topics. I've also shared how all of these different aspects of my life have at times put me at odds with God. There have been times where I have been downright confused about His direction for my life and why I should be obedient.
Every time God directed my life down an unfamiliar and uncomfortable path, I started to question Him. He said no to my different prayers and I replied asking why? I had forgotten that No is a complete sentence. I didn't require any additional information because He had said what was needed even if it was just one word.
As I enter 2017, I want to challenge myself to accept every no as willingly as I do with each yes I receive. We can become hung up on what seems like a negative situation without realizing that it is prepping us. I've realized that every no God has given me has usually been because my request was too small for His power. Let this be your own personal year of yes but also your year of acknowledging the no. When God is moving in your life, it doesn't always look how you envisioned it. Sometimes you'll receive your one hundredth no before you receive your first yes but remain faithful.
God is listening even when it seems like He is ignoring every request. He is writing your story even when the plot is taking twists and turns that don't seem to be in your favor. He is giving you a full responseeven when it comes in the form of an unwanted no.
How do you plan to remain steadfast in 2017 when life doesn't go your way?