Read: Matthew 18:20
It takes a village—not only to raise a child, but to turn our ordinary hustle into something holy and glorifying to God.
Comparison. Competition. Community. When I look at the bossy messages of hustle the world screams at us, comparison means proving to our audience why they should choose us instead of our competitors. Competition means striving ceaselessly to ensure our product, work, or words are not only the best, but the most unique and available before anyone else’s. It screams “I was here first!” And community? Well, that’s just a nice word for customers who become the targets of our advertising, marketing, and email newsletters.
After working in marketing for more than ten years, I get it. My brain tends to fall back into those same definitions when I forget the purpose behind my work. Instead of serving, I start selling, and in the process I value profits over people. But there is a different way. In a holy hustle economy, comparison means looking at our own work and asking God to show us how it does—or does not—line up with His will. How do our lives compare to the life of Christ we’re meant to model? Competition isn’t about making sure we win, but looking for ways to help others rise, outdoing them in honor. And community is the essential ingredient that sets holy hustle apart from the way the rest of the world works. It looks more like collaboration, care, and conversation than targeting customers.
It might be messy, but community is always worth the hard work. God didn’t create us to live life alone, and that applies to our work too. We can do so much more for God’s kingdom when we stop competing and start collaborating.
Following the loud, clanging demands and expectations of the world will only make us feel insecure as we compare our place in God’s plan to those around us. Let’s instead choose to trust God as the Master Craftsman who knows when, how, and why, and which pieces to use to make something beautiful and secure that will last a lifetime.
Become captivated by God’s purpose in your life and lean into the work hard, rest well, and live the life of holy hustle God has called you to, right where you are.
I have had so much fun popping into “Holy Hustle” book clubs around the country over the last few months and going through the book with a group at my home church. As we head into Thanksgiving and the hectic holiday season, I would love to invite you to join me for a virtual “Holy Hustle” book club so we can stay focused on keeping our hustle holy! Over the next few days I’ll share a reading guide and some more necessary details, but for now….a giveaway!
I would LOVE to give one of you a set of 10 copies of “Holy Hustle” so you can put an “in real life” book club together! Whether you grab some friends and chat about the book in your living room over wine and snacks, or you hang out with some ladies after your class at the gym, or you do a study at your church, you’ll be ready to go with a free set of books. YAY!
Enter to win using the easy peasy giveaway widget …and good luck!