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Self-imposed Guilt

Some of us have an internal “guilt table” to determine how badly we should feel:

Falling asleep during the 6:00 P.M. news. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Sending store-bought cookies to school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Forgetting to pick up child (first time). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Forgetting to pick up child (second time) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342

If too many tasks and not enough time sounds like life at your house, the solution is as close as Sesame Street. Just practice saying those two little letters in the middle of the alphabet: N and O!

Teach me to say NO, Lord.
NO to too many activities.
NO to too much time apart from my family.
And NO to self-imposed guilt.
I welcome the conviction of your
Holy Spirit, Lord.
I long for your wisdom
and discernment, always.
But when it comes to guilt . . .
NO, thanks.

Excerpted from Rise and Shine by Liz Curtis Higgs


Daily Reflection:
In what specific ways do you need to say no to self-imposed guilt?

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