This year I have been asked to take on two different teams and my response to both was, “Yes, I will take it on.” (The teams were with different organizations.) I had reservations prior to agreeing to work with both. At the time, it seemed the opportunities out-weighed the reservations. In both cases, shortly after I started the small reservations I had internally became great stumbling blocks. The result was that both began to affect other areas of my life and eat away at real passions I have.
A few things I learned as a result or saying, “Yes.”, when I should have responded with, “No.”:
- Listen to the quiet internal reservations and investigate them.
- Ignoring the reservations can bring on unwanted stress later.
- Lost momentum. (Personally and for the team).
- Risk of losing credibility if the reservations aren’t dealt with first.
Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 10:5 have been very helpful to me as I have moved forward with stepping away from both teams. I’m realizing how important it is to take every thought captive
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. (The Message).
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV).
I have come to understand the importance of taking every thought captive and submitting them to the obedience of Christ. There is freedom found in Jesus when we trust in him and allow him to shape our lives with his life. I read in My Utmost for His Highest , “When the inspiration of God does come, it comes with such miraculous power that we are able to arise from the dead and do the impossible thing.” (Oswald Chambers)