I never realized how walking away and saying “no” would affect others in this world of Ministry, but it does!
You see, I lead a Hello Mornings Group for almost a year, give or take and I created friendships, prayer teams, and a love for all the ladies in my group.
Then, this session was to begin on the 24th and on Friday, just before it began, I put a message in the leaders group saying I quit and I walked away. I closed my group and literally left.
I had no clue that I was affecting anyone but me, and the poor registration co-ordinators who were left hanging last minute to fill my spot.
Yet, today, I talked to some of the ladies who were in my group, almost all of them said they “miss” my posts. The worst thing though? Most of them didn’t bother with Hello Mornings at all this session either. My saying “no” to the study, caused them to say “no” as well and that leaves me and several women not in a study each day, not conversing about the Lord, not placing God first.
If I had said yes, these women would still be in the group, they would still be trying to get up to God each day. They would be saying YES to the Lord.
It breaks my heart that my action, or lack of action, had such consequences, I am blessed to have learned what has happened and to prayerfully have the opportunity to correct it in the future. I now understand why they say not to leave your church because of one thing or another, in this online ministry it caused a little exodus of its own, so I can definitely see how and why they say to stay, because if you push through and persevere and ask for prayer and say yes to God even when it seems easier to say no, you are encouraging others to continue to say yes too!!
I want to always say yes to Christ. I want to always minister His Holy Name. I want to lead even when it seems as though no one is following, because the proof is in the pudding. People listen. People follow.