These are the areas I’ve struggled the most: the areas I told God “never.” Never would I share, never would I do that, never would I say that, never would I treat someone like that. Never, never, never.
My heart was so intentional about saying never.
For example, my two year old just cried himself down for nap. I said I would never. I know not realistic, but my heart just aches when my kiddos are crying. However, my two year old needs a nap, and he won’t go with others in the room. So I shut the door, and he cried for less than a minute. And I hear a gentle whisper say “see he is okay.” And maybe more importantly “you are okay.”
Lots and lots of parenting things I said I’d never do (pre kids of course because you are always judgmental until you walk through it-am I right?).
When I have claimed “never” over an area of my life those are the times I’ve struggled the deepest in my faith. When I’m actually faced with the reality that “never” is now a possible option or just the reality of life at the moment. I hurt, I resist even more because I’ve promised myself never.
Maybe for you it is medication to help you stay sober, or the keep you calm. Maybe you said never to counseling because you had a bad experience. Maybe you said no to taking care of yourself, because we are supposed to serve right? I won’t be like them…on and on we go.
Our mind keeps track of that inner voice, and when we say no I’d never, our mind has a hard time letting us do it when it actually is good for us. Or a good option for the time. Allow yourself freedom, because others around you need that same freedom to move and live and make decisions.
What are some of your never-s? Maybe some are funny, and maybe some need an evaluation. Let God search you. It is for freedom.