photo: In Dallas with Gib Montes, leader of the Kingdom Creatives Facebook Group.

You never know what doors are going to open when you say yes to God, and yes to people.

I often get challenged on all this “yes” business. 

“Shouldn’t you have boundaries?”

“What if things conflict?” 

“What if things don’t work out as planned?”

As you know, I believe strongly in “Say Yes to Everything.” 

Creative people tend to abort success before it happens.  Saying yes moves you in the opposite direction of self-sabotage.  And in the process you learn that God is a better business manager than you are.

For example:

I have just returned from a God Adventure in Dallas, Texas.

On the last night of the Love and Prophecy Conference, a woman walked up to me in the hallway and said: “Are you John Christ Otto?”  

Hmm, “Christ John” I replied.

The woman came up to me and gave me a hug!

She and her group have been reading my books.  And then she gave me gifts!  Her name is Laurie, and she is a weaver, textile artist, and prophetic powerhouse.   I’m wearing the hat Laurie made for me in this picture.

That encounter led to me meeting Gib Montes, who leads the Kingdom Creatives Facebook Group.

One of the hardest parts about being based in New England is that you tend to be cut off from the rest of the church.  As a result, you have no idea what kind of impact you are having.   Laurie and Gib changed all that.

On Sunday night I met with Gib and his wife Chris, and we had dinner.  As the meal ended, Gib remarked it was unfortunate that I was leaving in the morning, because the Kingdom Creatives group was meeting on Monday night.  Bummah.

I went back to my host home and got online to check my flight.  There was a problem with my flight, and I had to call the airline to sort it out.  In the morning my flight was delayed and changed three times.

Hmmm.  This could be a problem or an opportunity.

I called Gib and said, “Were you serious about me staying tonight?”  He was.

I moved my flight to Tuesday.  Because of all the delays on Monday, my change was at no cost and I received an upgrade.

And we had an excellent time of teaching, ministry, and fellowship on Monday.

Jesus said be anxious for nothing.  It is really hard when you are self-employed to let go and trust.  It’s hard when you are often judged by your last success.  It’s especially hard when you have a success, and then all the next things seem to fall flat.

Saying “yes” is one way to let go of your control.  It’s also a very practical way of being positive in your every day life.  It’s the best way to overcome every disappointment from the past.

Saying yes is an affirmation that God has good things for you, and that everything is going to work out for your good.   

Thanks again for taking the time to read this and thanks for taking a risk and saying yes.

He Never Fails,

Belonging House