May 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

This post is adapted from a section that was cut from the manuscript of my book titled, A Day of Hope.


You have to develop the ability to say no to everything that doesn’t match up with your strengths, and that’s hard.  You have to find a way to set up systems around you and people around you who help you guard your time and energy so you can dedicate as much time as possible to the areas you’re strong in.


You’re also going to have to learn to say “no” to other outside requests that people put on you.  You probably already know, that when someone request for your time, they might not have your personal best interest in mind. They might have their own agenda they’re trying to put on you. Such as a friend who has the same problem he’s been dealing with for months, but doesn’t take any steps to make it right, however he wants to spend time with you to “talk” about it, with no intentions to take the advice you give.  A knock on the door salesman who comes to your front door asking if you have a few minutes to take a look at “gadget” he’s trying to sell.  Or a friend who’s recently become involved in the latest Multi Level Marketing (MLM) gig where he wants to talk to you about a “great opportunity.” Rarely do these people have your best interests in mind. They have their own personal agenda and they are thinking about themselves when they ask for your time. Thus, you must learn to say no.

Question: How do you say "no" to requests for your time that do not match up to your strengths?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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