Staying Accountable To My “Yes”

One of the messages I listened to recently, I think it was Mike Winger on YouTube, but a point was brought up that we need to let our yes be yes. The things we say we are going to do, we need to be accountable to. Though I know this scripture, this really spoke to me in a way I haven’t thought of before.

I have a lot of ideas, maybe it stems from my creativity, but one of them has been to reach out more to others. Since 2015 or so, I’ve felt like I need to write letters to people and send them out. I bought the cards and envelopes. For Americans, Dollar Tree sells a packet of 8 cards for $1, thank you notes, thinking of you, blank inside, etc. I had walked part of the way I need to, I had the cards. 

And then…I stopped. 

There were people who were sick that I really wanted to send a card to…and I never did. People that later passed away. There were opportunities I had and intended to act upon…and I just didn’t.

When I heard the message of being accountable to what we agree to, I thought how powerful it was. I’ve purposefully reached out and made myself, in the past, accountable by telling others, “I intend to send a card to this person,” and I didn’t. I failed in my accountability. I broke my word, to the ones I told I planned on sending cards and, honestly, to God and myself. He knew my heart and what my intentions were. At the end of the day, we can have the best intentions and do absolutely nothing with them… 

Yesterday, there was a moment where I had to sit down and cry out to God. There were a lot of things I brought up, but one was asking Him for the Holy Spirit to be my ambition and energy. For Him to guide me, like a toddler, by the hand, to grip my feet, as scripture encourages, and push me to reach out.

(NIV) Psalm 116:08, “For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,”

Finally, I sat down and wrote out some cards. All I have to do now is mail the letters, which I plan to do soon. I have something else I have to mail so I can do it all at once. 

It was a relief and a joy to finally sit down to do something I should have done for these five years. Time truly is short, and we do not have the luxury to bail on our “yes”. There are consequences for it, and some we cannot repair or change at all.

I encourage you to go to the Lord and seek what He is putting on your heart, mind, and spirit. Is there anything you felt you needed to do and haven’t acted on but it’s always there in the back of your mind? Give it to the Lord and seek His strength.

God listens to His people when they cry out to Him!

(NIV) James 5:12, “Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.”

Update: An hour or so after I published this, I found out one of the ladies I wrote a letter to passed away. Please act on what the Lord puts on your heart. Lift up this family in prayer. The woman who passed away always encouraged me when I talked to her about my blog, and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated that. 

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12 thoughts on “Staying Accountable To My “Yes”

      1. We should always be learning and growing. I think one thing to learn is to not take on too many things at once, too, for something is going to get sacrificed. We need to focus our time and attention only on what the Lord leads us to do. You are only one person. You can only stretch yourself in so many directions. I can only do so much, too, especially at my age. So, I have to limit what all I can do. So, I have to seek God’s guidance and counsel in these matters, which I try to make my practice before I agree to things.

        Sometimes it is just finding the right balance in those areas that are not black and white. That is where I am right now, trying to find the right balance in one specific area that is one of those gray areas where things are not clearly defined. And, that is where Satan likes to interject his thoughts, too, for he can pour on the guilt over things we shouldn’t feel guilty about. So, it is not wanting to come under bondage to legalism but at the same time try to remain within reasonable boundaries for myself.

        This is in relation to diet (food). Just trying to find that right balance and it is not something that is clearly laid out for me other than to not be gluttonous. So, you can pray for me to find the right approach to my diet that the Lord wants me to have. Thanks!

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      2. I will be praying for you! ❤ Thank for you for all you have shared. Amen, our focus needs to be on Christ. I've been working on asking Jesus to help me find those spaces in His energy. To not rely on myself, what I think I can manage (especially when I'm tired.) He truly has a plan, and what He wants done, will be done. It's amazing the cleansing of thoughts He can give us. A gentle HUSH can come over.

        I need to seek the Gentle Shepherd more. Continued prayers, Sue!

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      3. Yes! My big thing right now is just trying to find a good balanced diet that won’t bring me under bondage of “don’t touch,” “don’t taste,” etc. I want there to be liberty and freedom yet to make sure I am getting the nutrients I need and that I avoiding foods harmful to my health. Since I don’t take pills for anything, and I have an adverse reaction to any vitamins, I have to make sure I get what I need in food and drink.

        But the other big thing for me is when I am going through a really tough trial, it is hard for me to focus on anything else, and so I have to keep giving my situation over to the Lord and trust in his sovereignty and believe he has it handled and just keep resting in him and let him fill me with his strength. I can’t let this take me out, even though my emotions want to go there sometimes. I need to keep pressing on in the strength of the Lord doing what he has called me to do and leaving my burdens at his feet.

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  1. Oh yes! I’ve done so several times and I’m majorly working on that this year. Letting my yes mean yes and my no mean no. It is work in process and I’m doing well so far with our Father’s help. Don’t worry, you’ll get there T! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on thine own understanding and he shall direct your paths! God bless as you continue to grow in Him for Him from the inside out. Blessings & grace! ❤

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