Yes can be a powerful word. It signifies agreement and acknowledgement as well as understanding. Whether you are saying yes to a simple question or yes in commitment to a project or assignment; yes gives you a responsibility to that which you have agreed to or upon.
Yes in business:
Almost 5 years ago, I had to make the decision of whether or not to say yes to yet another home based business. You see, I could have used the excuse that my other attempts had failed so I shouldn't bother trying again. I also could have fallen into complacency as I had just started a decent paying job. With a "good job" why would I start a home-based business? Wouldn't that be overkill? Greedy?
The reality was, I never gave the other businesses 100% effort and my job didn't award me the freedom to raise my kids the way I wanted to or the income to get my own place without struggling.
My yes from that day not only helped me finally make a profit in business but also opened many other doors. I was set on a path to becoming a better woman and mother, less selfish and strengthening my relationship with God. Yes, my home-based business helped me re-connect and re-commit to God and His will for my life. It wasn't easy, however, it required sacrifice. I sacrificed time mostly as the investment yielded a return rather quickly. I probably would not have had to sacrifice so much time in the beginning if I wasn't so stubborn and dead set on doing things my own way. Which leads to my next yes lol.
Yes to ministry:
I ran for 10 years from anything having to do with ministry. My understanding was that ministry had to be in the pulpit, in front of the congregation weekly or nightly. I did not understand that there are different types of ministry and different platforms to operate from. We suffer from lack of knowledge right? Right. As a result of my disobedience and running, I endured much unneccessary pain. Well, I guess it was necessary because it made me who I am and molded me into who God needed me to be, but I definitely could have saved some time and pain if I would have just listened.
I remember talking to a friend about stepping into ministry and he told me that it is not a light weight to bear. Therefore, you should be really sure that you have in fact been called and that you have the maturity to see it through. But when I think of all the suffering that I endured by being disobedient, I would much rather go through the "pain" of being processed for ministry.
Once I finally gave God a yes (which was only in the last year or two), I was quickly realigned with God's will and, though things weren't perfect, they sure began to flow. I finished my first book and got about 10 other titles. I developed a 3rd stream of income with a strategy for a 4th. I became a Certified Christian Life Coach and continued to help those around me more efficiently. But most importantly, to me, I experienced peace for the first time and began to guard it like never before.
I faced much warfare but it was easier to go through with that peace and clarity. I discovered more and more about my purpose with each day. I got numerous revelations about where God wanted to position me and what He wanted me to do once I got into position. It all happened so suddenly.
There was a sacrifice that came along with this yes as well. I had to sacrifice who life had made me and get back to who God created me to be. I had to sacrifice the need to be accepted and validated by people; the need to be liked. I had to sacrifice the need to require payback from those who mistreated me; relinquish my grip on unforgiveness. Either way, there will be some type of sacrifice when you say yes to what is required. The question is are you willing to give up comfortability for prosperity?
The Catalyst Coach
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