Everyday we wake up we are asked to take on roles and responsibilities. Sometimes we have a choice in the matter, while other times we don’t. Oftentimes, we don’t want to let people down around us, so we say yes to whatever it is they ask of us. But do we follow through? Not always.
It is better to say no and let that person down in the moment, than say yes and let that person down in the future, once they’re counting on you.
For example- lets say you agree to go to dinner with an old friend after work one evening the following week. The day of, you’re exhausted, have piles of work sitting on your desk, and you no longer feel like going anywhere but home once you leave the office. So you call your friend and ask for a rain check. Your friend is polite and says no problem, but what if that’s not how they feel at all?
What if your friend passed up plans with someone else because he gave his word to you that he would meet you for dinner? By flaking out, you are telling the other person ‘you are not as important to me as I am to you.’ They may think twice before scheduling something with you again. Over time this leads to missed opportunities and broken friendships.
Treat others the way you want to be treated, and remember:
“…let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” –Matthew 5:37