Snap a pic of you getting it done and make sure to include #hustle.  The latest buzzword #hustle has been elevated to rock star status and has even gone as far to be a platform for which some leaders are standing on.  At least until that platform crumbles.  I have been that leader.      

I am an ENTJ personality with a top strength of competition.  ENTJ + competition = HUSTLE.  My whole life I have hustled.  I hustled in sports to make up the difference for lack of my athletic ability.  I hustle in leadership to make up for my inadequacies.  I hustle to make more money out of fear of scarcity.  I hustle in life to beat everyone else.  Ouch.  Putting these things on paper helps me understand that the more I learn, the less I know.  It also helps me understand why I burn out so easily.  What am I searching for?  Why am I running so hard and so fast?  We live in a world that rewards hustle.  A world that applauds those who make it to the top and get there the fastest.  I wander if there is a better way.  

I have been reading scripture more lately than I have in several years.  Scary considering I was a pastor during that time but that's a whole other blog post (Brokenness of a Pastor).  Grace is a consistent theme in scripture and admittedly, grace is hard for me to understand.  You mean I get something I don't deserve?  For free?  You don't want anything in return?  Listen to what The Message translation says in Ephesians 2:7-10:

7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

Or what about 2 Corinthians 12:9:

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 

The more I read the word of God the more I tune out the pressure to hustle.  The more I read the word of God the more I realize I can build my platform on the foundation of Jesus and Him alone.  The more I read the word of God the more courage I have to be vulnerable and the less temptation I have to perform.  The more I read the word of God I believe this to be true:  When hustle and grace collide, grace will win every time.


I would love to hear from you.  What are your thoughts?