In Others’ Words: The Right of Refusal
There’s a lot of power in the word “Yes.”
And then there are times when “No” is the more powerful word — especially when you say No to someone else’s No.
My favorite kind of “I refused to take no for an answer”? When doing so allows you to become who you were meant to be. You defy the odds, ignoring the no-you-can’ts or the no-you-shouldn’ts or the no-you-won’ts because doing that one thing is who you are deep down inside your heart.
You have to do it, say it, be it — or deny yourself.
I’ve heard my share of “No’s” in my lifetime. I’ve had virtual, emotional, and actual doors slammed in my face. Each time, I’ve had to decide if the No was going to set the course of my life — or if I was going to refuse to take No for answer and find the way around it, over it, under it, through it.
Sometimes a No is just that — N-O. A shut door. And I have to trust God with that. But sometimes … sometimes, a No is a challenge forcing me to ask myself: How much do you want this, Beth? It’s not time to quit–not at all. It’s time to refuse that answer and stay the course and do what needs to be done to become the person God made me.
In Your Words: When did you refuse to take no for an answer?
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