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Say Yes

I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I think you simply need to say yes. – Bob Goff

I had originally heard of Bob Goff through Donald Miller. The way Donald described him, Bob seemed larger than life. I loved the things that he was doing. I loved how he lived his life with such passion.

And my initial reaction was to be irritated…

…irritated with myself.

I questioned:

  • Why can’t I be like that?
  • Why didn’t I make different choices so that I could have the time and money to fly off to help someone?
  • Why didn’t I think of that?
  • What’s wrong with me?

But then I read Bob’s book, Love Does. It was like having a conversation with a dear friend. He was speaking directly to me. He was answering all of those questions I had. I felt like he was saying, “I used to feel like that too. But then I did something about it.”

I have always felt better when I do something rather than just talk about it. How many times have we said we were going to do something great, and then life got in the way?

…I don’t want to live like that anymore.

Over the last few years, I have learned how saying Yes to God will change your life. I used to fight God over and over for control. He wanted control of my life, but I wouldn’t let go. When I finally said yes, I also very clearly felt Him saying that He can use me. He has plans for me. And He won’t always do it in a huge way like we would expect. Sometimes He wants us to learn to take tiny steps first.

I think that God wants to use ordinary people.

I believe that He wants you.

He wants me.

He wants us to say Yes so that He can direct our paths.

And when we do, He will use us in ways that we could never imagine on our own. We just have to be willing to say yes.

Question:  Is God asking you to say yes to something? What’s holding you back?  Share you comment by clicking here.

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Today’s Post is shared by: Tammy Helfrich.  Tammy is a wife, Mom, daughter and friend. She blogs about life, marriage, encouragement, and motivation. She loves connecting with people, rallying people around a good cause, and sharing encouraging, LifeChanger stories. Her desire is to help others realize their dreams and embrace their story.  You can connect with Tammy on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for having me here today, Teri! I appreciate it!

    1. Teri says:

      Thank YOU Tammy for sharing with US!! Such GREAT feedback…I love love love your message, and that quote! We just need to say YES… He is SO SO faithful and good and lovely. =)

  2. Great post, Tammy! There is nothing in particular that comes to mind that I’m needing to say yes to right now, but one thing I will say is that we often miss what God has for us because we say yes to the wrong things. For example, we say yes to the things other people think we should do, or to our own desires. Saying yes to the wrong things leaves us without the margin we need to say yes to the right things.

    1. I completely agree, Rebecca! I have certainly done that many times.

  3. Tammy,

    This is now my favorite post of yours! Beautiful, my friend! Thanks for the encouragement. I need it!

    ~Heidi

    1. Thanks, Heidi. You are so encouraging to me! Appreciate your kind words.

  4. Amen Amen Amen! I love this and thank you for writing it. I have felt that way too! Thank you for the reminder that we all have a purpose, we just need to say YES!

    1. Thanks, Dayna. Appreciate your encouragement!

  5. Alexa Gilbert says:

    Thanks for having the courage to say what I have held secretly in my heart. You have provoked me to think about my life and how God might use me. Prayer while doing household chores – it works for me!

  6. This is so good Tammy! Love it.

    1. Thanks, Pilar! Appreciate your encouragement, as always!

  7. Maria says:

    Tammy, you nailed it. You are so right that reading the book is like talking to an old friend… a friend that inspires you to do more with your life without beating you over the head :). So glad your wrote about this and that you are part of the WRECKED tribe.

    Looking forward to getting to know you and your writing more.

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