Spiritual Practice


Tynea Lewis & Reginald Oko

I don’t like to miss out on opportunities; I want to be able to do it all. But I have learned that saying yes to too many things leads to stress and anxiety. It also depletes me of energy, focus, and my desire to serve in the ways I am best equipped.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Saying no to certain things allows me to say yes to God and to follow the desires God has put in my heart. When we focus on using the gifts God has given us, we are more fulfilled. When we are doing what God has called us to do, our lives become an act of worship.

What do you need to say no to in order to find joy and meaning in using the gifts God has given you?

—Tynea Lewis


FIND JOY: Think about the little ways you can find joy by offering it to others—surprising a loved one with a simple gift, responding to the chatters of a baby, saying a pleasant hello to a stranger, spending time with family recounting memories. These simple acts make the world a special place. These ordinary gifts warm the heart and heal the soul. Say yes to these things.

—Reginald Oko

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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