May 3, 2012

Excuse Me

So this thing with saying “Yes” is that it’s hard y’all. Sometimes it feels like I’m all roots and no wings. How many reasons can we find to say “No” versus reasons to say “Yes”? Think about something  you’ve been wanting to say Yes to. Why haven’t you?

Fear. Insecurity. Doubt. Apathy. Laziness.  {Fill in the blank.}

But truly, saying “No” tends to create more of these negative emotions and weighs us down. Yet a prayed over “Yes,” well, that can make us touch the sky!

In four days, I’ll be taking-off into the clouds with a “Yes,” which for a hundred reasons almost didn’t happen. Next Monday evening my feet will trod the dusty streets of El Salvador with Compassion International.

Ironically, this trip is a result of my saying “No.” Last time I was in El Salvador, two beautiful funny kiddos gave me this token of love. It was their only trinket. Only. One. Uno. Solo.

The next day I felt that familiar nudge from heaven. I was to give one of my own beloved bracelets away to any mama who God pointed out to me. But it was special. No way was I giving away what meant so much to me. No one would be receiving this gift my dad bought me over 20 years ago in South Africa. No, my bracelet was truly irreplaceable. No no no.

Y’all, I stepped off the plane in my hometown two days later with both bracelets in hand. One bearing selflessness. The other, selfishness.

My lack of “Yes” dragged me down. It nagged at me. Tore at the corners of my heart till it unraveled and fell apart.

Two years later, I shared this story of my misplaced treasure and Compassion picked up on it. They asked if we could create an advocacy video based on my “No.” Would I travel back to El Salvador to film?

This time I didn’t hesitate to say “Yes!” Because this film will be shared at concerts, events, churches to hopefully inspire others to connect with a child in need. And I’ll be asking those who see this short video to say “Yes.” Yes to giving a child wings to fly into their own happy sky, with a full tummy, brain, and heart.

So, excuse me “No” and your hundred reasons, I am preparing to take-off into my “Yes.” As I do, I want to leave you with this encouragement . . . if one too many “No’s” has left you bogged down. If you are fearful you’ve been left behind or left out because of saying “No” one too many times, chin up and wings out friend.

God has remarkable ways that He redeems all things… even a hundred “No’s.”  Seek His wisdom for the step you should take. I’m believing with you that your time to take-off into your “Yes” is now!

{Just  a hint of a whisper for you to include in your prayers today — might your “Yes” today be sponsoring a child? Think about it, please? Grateful if you do.}

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xoxo,
Sam

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Samantha! My husband and I sponsor a child through Compassion. We love reading his letters!

  2. Katie D. says:

    Love reading how God has redeemed your “no.” Without that “no,” you wouldn’t have written the blog that resulted in the video that will affect so many people! I needed to read that encouragement about how God does redeem all things, especially very painful experiences.

  3. I so needed this today…I was asked yesterday to do something completely out of my comfort zone…something that others will even doubt I can do, but I said , YES! It was a God prompted, bursting up from within, yes! Today I was wondering what I had done! Lol. Thank you! We also have sponsored children for years, and that is one of the greatest yes’ we have ever said! many blessings to you!

  4. I so needed this today…I was asked yesterday to do something completely out of my comfort zone…something that others will even doubt I can do, but I said , YES! It was a God prompted, bursting up from within, yes! Today I was wondering what I had done! Lol. Thank you! We also have sponsored children for years, and that is one of the greatest yes’ we have ever said! many blessings to you!

  5. Wow….Sam! This is amazing! I am moved by God’s mercy and grace and love and redemption and compassion through this testimony! LOVE it! WOW! Can’t wait to see how the Lord will use it for His glory and purposes! Can’t wait to see the video! You are beautiful Sam! Love you!

    LTS
    Sharon

  6. Awesome you should think of sohiemtng like that

  7. Med tanke pÃ¥ just alla hjärtans dag.. ett utav de härligaste stunder jag upplevt var sÃ¥klart när vi fick barn för första gÃ¥ngen! En liten dotter som väntade hela 12 dagar efter beräknad dag innan hon kom, just 14:e februari. Kunde ju inte bli en bättre present pÃ¥ alla hjärtans dag 🙂

  8. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you really know what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also consult with my website =). We may have a link change arrangement between us!

  9. Wow, that’s a lot of reading in one day! Maybe I should write a book Bubba is a donor baby – I used an American donor not known to me. These really early posts talk about my two attempts, the different donors and the little mix up at the clinic when they didn’t order the right one!! I’m absolutely happy to chat more about it – so ask away. Thank you for sharing our story. I hope it inspires you, that’s why I started writing in the first place! xx

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