Here's a concept I am currently looking into that I think is very important for Christians in ministry and leadership. To people pleasers, who say yes to every opportunity that comes their way, Greg says, "The biggest lie that we tell ourselves is that when we take on more there are no trade-offs". I think that is so true but so often I tell myself "I can do it – I can squeeze this in and still do everything else well". When I think about all the areas of my life where I need to maintain balance, when I give too much time to one area, other areas pay the price.
As Kevin DeYoung says in his book Crazy Busy, "God expects us to say no to a lot of good things so that we can be freed up to say yes to the most important things He has for us". Saying no is not easy but it becomes easier when we know what is essential and use that conviction to be deliberate in how we use our time, energy and resources. If we are aware of what God has called us to do in life and we desire to stay on point, then we need to stop the undisciplined pursuit of more, and embrace the disciplined pursuit of less.