Taken from the devotional, "Holy Hustle: Embrace a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life" by Crystal Stine
Adopting a new attitude and outlook on hustle takes time. But when it comes to change and the new things God wants to do in our lives, we have two choices: retreat or pursue growth. I’m the first to admit that sometimes retreat sounds better until God shows me my motivation. When change feels scary, it’s because I’m relying on my strength to make it through.When I choose to retreat it’s because I’m being reminded that on my own, in my striving, I won’t be able to make it all work out the way I want it to.
But then I stop striving and start pursuing, trusting that God is bringing new things because He has plans for me that are good, plans that will bring Him glory and expand His kingdom.
Here are three assurances we can take confidently into the future:
- God is not done with us yet
- He’s ready to do a new thing
- He is there with us every step of the way
Holy Hustle gives us the freedom to work hard with all our might on the tasks God assigns to our soul. This is the heart work, the work that makes a difference in God’s kingdom. Holy hustle helps us to hear God over the roar of the bossy world, so we can say yes to the work God has prepared our hearts for and no to the work that will drain our souls.
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”