Sometimes, You Just Have to Say ‘No’

By Billy Hallowell Published on June 15, 2019

I’ve always been a “yes” person.

When opportunities emerge, I say, “Yes!” When events pop up, I’m like: “I’m there!” When I’m given the chance to do something cool, fun or professionally exciting, I internally scream, “Sign me up!”

But the reality is: sometimes I (and we) need to say, “No.”

Unfortunately, being a “yes” person has had its drawbacks. Too often, I’ve been stressed out, overworked and not able to devote attention to the things that matter most. Plus, you end up having to eventually say “no” after you’ve already said “yes,” and that can get … awkward.

So, over the past year I’ve made a commitment: to take everything to prayer and to really seek God before I make any definitive commitments.

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I’m not sure why, but this was a tough transition, as I have typically acted on emotion and opportunity, but the reality is: why are we wasting time on the things we’re not meant to be doing? In the end, we should be seeking God and His plan, not meandering down roads we’re not intended to be traveling on.

In today’s “Invigorate” podcast, I dive deep into the biblical reasons we need to sometimes be “no” people. Check out the podcast:

And subscribe to future episodes here.

Billy Hallowell has worked as a journalist and commentator for more than a decade. He is the director of communications and content for, the former senior editor at and the former faith and culture editor at TheBlaze. Sign up for Billy Hallowell’s newsletter and read his book Fault Line.

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