Life Lessons

Where are the brakes?!


This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.  To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.

I had a dream last night that terrified me! One of the ones you wake up relieved to know it was but a dream! I was driving my car and my foot kept getting stuck on the accelerator. I blamed my shoes that I was wearing (in the dream not in bed!) They were big black platform ones. I was scared as I knew the danger of being in a car that could only accelerate meant an inevitable accident. I was not in control, definitely not in control. Yes it was my foot on the accelerator, but I couldn’t control it. To make matters worse I couldn’t work out where the brakes were!

I had a neighbour who once relayed the story of being called to a friend’s house. He arrived to find the friend – in the lounge – but still in his car – in shock. On driving into his garage, he’d hit the accelerator and not the brakes and had therefore driven through the wall into his lounge.

When we live to the beat and rhythm of rush we’re living with our foot stuck to the accelerator. The rhythm of rush means we only go faster and never slower. And that inevitably leads to a crash. It means that we cause harm to ourselves and to those around us. We cause harm to the dreams that God has placed in our hearts as we burnout and have to drop them a long with everything else we’ve collected along the way.

Doing too much, rushing too much means losing much. When I say yes to everything, out of obligation, out of fear, out of selfishness I end up with a life that is too busy and too rushed. I lose out on being able to savour the beautiful moments that are in everyday. And I lose out on God’s best plan for me.

What I’ve learnt is, when I give my Best Yes – when I listen to what God wants me to say yes to, not only do I receive the delight and blessing of doing those things that I am passionate about, I also receive the gift of capacity! Capacity to dream, capacity to p0ur more into my family, to pour more into my relationship with God.

This quote from Lysa Terkerust’s new book “The Best Yes” resonated with my soul. Maybe because I have 3 little wanna be superhero boys, but it’s definitely a quote for the fridge door.

“Saying yes all the time won’t make me wonder woman. It will make me a worn out woman.”

I don’t want to be a worn out woman! But I definitely want to be a wonder woman – as in “I wonder how she does it!” And I’ve decided that the best way to do that is setting the rhythm of my life, not to the rhythm of rush, but to the rhythm of God.


New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a new book about finding your Best Yes. You need a highlighter for this book! So much truth in it! It’s a must read! You can grab a copy at


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