I had a conversation with my sister yesterday on our run (we are doing the couch-to-5k together) about saying no. You see we have both been invited to numerous pampered chef parties in the past few months (I have been invited to at least 4 in the past 3 weeks). I am very supportive to women who are trying to stay home and make some money through a business like pampered chef. I am also a big fan of the pampered chef equipment. But I don’t have a lot of money or time right now, so I have had to say no to all of the parties. I always feel bad turning an invitation down, especially when it is a friend trying to start-up a business, and I really do understand that they generate business by you inviting your friends, which is great. But I can’t always say yes just because I know it will benefit someone else. Sometimes in life it really is okay to put your priorities, and the priorities of your family, first. If that means turning down a friend who is hosting a pampered chef party, or saying no to joining a small group for a season, that is okay.
Just because the thing you are saying no to is ‘good’ doesn’t mean it is ‘bad’ to turn someone down. Don’t get suckered into something because someone else makes you feel bad. I spent way too much of my life trying to please others. That is not our purpose on Earth. Our purpose is to serve God. And sometimes that means saying no to others and yes to our families.