Saying "no" can absolutely be one of the most liberating things we can do. Many of us sometimes feel obligated to say "yes" to every request that comes our way. However, saying "no" can be incredibly empowering and allow us to take control of our lives.
Keep in mind, the word of God says in Matthew 5:37, "But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." Don’t fall prey to the evil one by saying yes when you should say no.
Saying "no" to some things allows us a chance to prioritize our needs and desires. It allows us to set boundaries and limits, which can be extremely important to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Saying "no" can also prevent us from overcommitting ourselves and becoming overwhelmed or burnt out. It lends time to seek guidance and directions from God.
Of course, saying "no" can be difficult, especially for those who are, like myself, used to saying "yes" to everything and everybody. By the way, I found myself in this position recently. I understand that it takes practice learning to say "no". It may be difficult at first, but with intentionality and consistency, we can learn to say "no" in a respectful and empowering way.
I love y'all! Have an awesome week as you learn to say no!