For the last few Lenten seasons I have been working on saying “yes” to people when they ask me for something. There has been some progress, but it is very slow. I do fairly well during Lent but have a hard time carrying it over when the season is done. I continue to work on this but I still usually find myself thinking of myself first. This leads me to ponder why, in the first place, I would say, “no.”
Invariably the times I say “no,” or change the subject, or make excuses are the times when I regard my own priorities, my own plans and agendas as more important. In other words I say “no” to others because the “yes” to myself is somehow impinged upon. Often I try to avoid doing complex, dirty, difficult, time-consuming things. But in all such cases the “yes” of Your life resounds. If I would be in You so that You could be in me, saying “yes” to people when you want to say “no,” is necessary; and doing things for others that you really don’t want to do is a major step toward negating the false-self. Saying “yes” to love, and to life, and to all the nitty-gritty that goes with it is what You did; and it is what You preached and taught. So I will continue making it my Lenten task and try harder each Lent to carry it over to the rest of the time.