Just a heads up, this is one of the more personal posts I’ve written. God has been speaking to me a lot the past few months about hustle and hurry and “doing doing doing.” Especially with all the New Years resolutions being talked about, I thought now would be a good time to share my heart on the importance of being faithful with where God has you right now. Not to say that resolutions or goals are bad…they’re incredible and so important! I’ve set a few of my own this year, and I’m excited to see how God moves! We should want to grow into who God is calling us to be 🙂 But with that, God has you where He has you for a reason, and it’s important that we’re not trying to move out of that or rush His plan.
This year I’m letting go of the feeling that I need to always be doing something more. Always accomplishing, always hustling, always doing SOMETHING. There is beauty in stillness, in rest, and in embracing where God has you rather than always trying to do more just for the sake of doing more. It’s so refreshing to say that I’ve never been more confident in the fact that I know I’m exactly where the Lord has me right now. In my job, in school, in ministry, in relationships, in every single aspect of my life. But it hasn’t always been like that. Sometimes comparison still sneaks in, but God always reminds me that He’s using me, even in the mundane. There’s a purpose to where I’m at, and I never want to step outside His will just because society says I need to “do more.” I want to dig deep in my relationships and actually have the time to tend to them. I want to do a few things whole-heartedly, rather than do a lot of things mediocrely. I want to be faithful with what I’ve already been given, rather than always be on the search for more.
Up until recently, I thought I had to always be “doing something” in order to please God. I thought busyness and work is what would make Him (and other people for that matter) proud, and I was always afraid I wasn’t doing enough. But I read recently that Jesus walked at a pace of 3.0mph, which is a relatively moderate speed. Meaning, He walked through life with intention, but He was always able to be stopped if someone needed Him. He was open to interruption. He wasn’t hurrying through life. He wasn’t hustling. He was present. He made time for people. He allowed time for God to move in and through Him wherever He was at. And shouldn’t that be how we live our lives? We need to be a people that walks through life confident that we’re right where God has us, and we need to make time for Him to move in and through us. But that won’t happen if we’re always focused on what’s coming next.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever told anyone this, but quite a few years ago, my pastor told me that the Lord sees me as a Mary of Bethany. For anyone who doesn’t know that bible story, Mary and Martha (sisters) invited Jesus into their home, and Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha was distracted with serving. Martha was anxious and troubled while Mary was focused on Jesus Himself, not what she could do for Him. Then Jesus said, “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” I don’t think I’ve ever remembered anything else that anyone has spoken over me, but this has stuck with me every single day. I don’t want to go through life distracted or feeling like I always have to be doing something to please God. Don’t get me wrong…serving God is an important part of our Christian walk, but I don’t want that to always be the “main thing.” I want to be like Mary – sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to what He has to say over my life, and walking in that.
So often I find myself saying “yes” to things that I don’t want (or need) to be saying “yes” to. And for what? To please other people? To ensure I’m not “missing out?” Because I think I need to do more? I’ve always been a people pleaser, but I’m learning that saying “no” can be healthy. Creating boundaries are healthy. It’s okay to say “no” without giving a reason why. We need to be good stewards of our time, and we need to steward our time toward the way of Jesus. I was listening to my favorite podcast the other day (“Fight Hustle, End Hurry” by John Mark Comer & Jefferson Bethke…it’s incredible, go check it out), and they were saying how it’s important to say “no” to some things so we’re able to be open to interruption. When we create margin in our lives for interruption, we’re then able to be present in love. And as I explained above, that’s exactly how Jesus walked. I don’t want to be too busy to experience an emotionally healthy and spiritually rich life.
And with all of that, it’s okay to set goals and work hard to achieve them. It’s okay to pray big prayers! Nothing is too big or too hard for God, and it’s amazing when He moves. He sees every desire in your heart, and He is faithful. I’ve been praying some big prayers for a while now, and some still haven’t been answered. But I’m contending for breakthrough, and I want to be here to see it when it happens. I don’t want to miss it because I was too busy “doing more” or because I stepped outside of where God has me right now. I want to be be standing hand-in-hand with Jesus when He moves. And I think that’s the best place to be.
I wanted to include a few quotes from my current favorite book, “To Hell with the Hustle” by Jefferson Bethke. This book changed the way I view so many parts of my life, and I highly highly highly encourage you to read it! John Mark Comer also has a similar book out called “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry,” and I’m reading that one right now!
- “See yourself through not what you achieve, but who you’re becoming.”
- “We need to resist the noise and speed of the world and embrace the slowness of Jesus.”
- “Don’t buy the lie that a full schedule means productivity or holiness or achievement.”
- “Time can only be stewarded or wasted.”
- “What is your busyness attempting to achieve?”
- “Jesus was beloved, not because of anything He’d done yet, but because of Who He was loved by.”
- “Jesus wasn’t chasing after some big thing to make His life meaningful. Instead He was faithful and obedient, chasing the meaning of the day in front of Him.”
- “The goal of following Jesus isn’t to do a bunch of things, it’s to become like Him.”
I hope this post touched you and inspired you. This topic has been really heavy on my heart over the past few months, and I thought now was the perfect time to share it. I’m so thankful for you guys and for this space – I always want this blog to be a place where you can come and be inspired. Whether it’s through beauty, a new recipe, fashion, or a more vulnerable post like this. I hope you leave this blog happier than you came 🙂