"Diagnosis #3: Tangents"Stuart JonesNO can be a tough thing to hear and a hard word to say. We all want to be supportive and helpful. Telling someone NO when they need something or our help…well, it just doesn’t seem right. But NO has a positive side. We all have gifts and want to share because this allows us to do all we can. But, if we take on too many things, spread our gifts and time too thin, we can quickly be in a place where we are of little help to anyone. We lose focus. And coming to the rescue—prioritization! Finding there is not time enough to get it all done? Determine what is most important, set Priorities and get ready for it. Then tell some of those with requests and needs, NO, you just cannot help. Okay, don’t use the capital N-O, be polite and maybe even take a moment to explain your limitations. Explain the need for focus. Even Christ found that NO sometimes was the answer. We learn this from Mark 1:35-39 (NIV): “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” Being focused keeps us on mission, just as it did for Jesus.