Updated: Oct 24, 2018
I once had a mentor who told me that the key to success was to eliminate the word “no” from my vocabulary. That piece of advice has truly shaped me. It has stuck with me throughout my entire professional career. Be the “YES” girl. Be the go-to girl. Be the one who CAN. I have lived by this mantra for years.
But the older I get and the more experience I have tacked onto my belt, I have become starkly aware of my inadequacies--painfully aware of what I simply can NOT do.
When I began to realize this, I started praying for God to save me. "Help Lord! I don’t know what I’m doing; I said YES and don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into or how to get out."
In these instances, God's answers have almost always been, "Trust Me and wait."
As more time passed, I realized that begging for a way out wasn’t the right approach. So I asked myself, "How can I say yes without getting into situations where I am completely in over my head?"
My mentor had the right idea, but I wasn’t applying it correctly. I realized I needed to start saying "YES" to God. I needed to be God’s “YES” girl. If God wanted me to chart unknown territory, I had to trust and say, "YES, Lord." If God wanted me to move to New York City though it was expensive and daunting? "YES, Lord." If God wanted me to stick out the hard times without seeing a light at the end of the tunnel? "YES, Lord."
When we obey what God wants us to do, when we say "yes" to HIS directions, we can have confidence that we are exactly where we need to be, even when we feel like giving up.
A friend of mine once told me, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”
Don’t see a way out of your troubles? You don’t have to. All you have to do is trust Him. When you feel your burden is too heavy for you to bear, ask God for help. That all begins by saying: "YES, Lord."