Just an encouragement as you move toward the school year. It’s one you probably give your students a lot.

Get ready to say No.

Even now, little ideas and big requests, big ideas and little requests, and even medium-sized requests and ideas will start to hit. Requests from without – from students, from the campus, from overseers, from other college ministries, from churches, from other “interested parties.” Ideas from within – from within your leadership, from random students in your ministry, and (maybe mostly) from your head.

You’re going to have to say No to most of them. Far more “No” than “Yes.”

And don’t be fooled by the ones that come early (like today!). Saying Yes now forces a No to something else later, and that “later thing” may be better.

There will be times to say Yes. But many more times to say No.