Obedience over hustle

Obedience over hustle

Hustle barks, “go faster.” Obedience wonders, “is that God’s pace?”

Hustle smirks at “building slow.” Obedience calls it “wisdom.”

Hustle promises, “this is the only way.” Obedience asks, “is it?”

Hustle claws it’s way into the spotlight.  Obedience steps aside to serve others.

Hustle demands.  Obedience surrenders.

obedience over hustle

Hustle urges “empire building.” Obedience knows that “kingdom-building” is better.

Hustle suggests, “do it now.” Obedience whispers, “is that God’s timeline?”

Hustle judges rest, “for the weak.” Obedience—knows better.

Hustle listens to every voice. Obedience strains to hear One above the rest.

Hustle strives to do “all the things.” Obedience pursues only a few.

It’s been a little while now that I’ve been talking about this idea—two years, actually.

Two years ago this week I shared some honest words about how the hustle trend made my heart cringe, and how I felt God impressing on me to do things His way, to accept His timing, to acknowledge that it may be better than what the world experts were advising. It’s been two years of living these words, fumbling often, and picking myself up to choose them again. Some days it feels easier, other days it doesn’t.

But I am more convinced than ever that obedience is the key to my life being more peaceful, more at rest, more abundant in relationship and provision.

It is less about a daily decision, and more about a continual conversation with Jesus.

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About Malinda Fuller.

obedience over hustleWhen I was 19 I moved from a small town in Canada, to a smaller town in Texas for an internship. I met my husband there, and life has been a series of thrilling adventures ever since. We’ve lived in Texas, Oregon and SoCal– and we’re settling into Northern California where we hope to be for a while.

in 2015 I quit my day job to stay at home and pursue a dream to write full-time, as well as tackle the world of homeschooling our two daughters. There have been oodles of stories of what that journey has been like–you can check them out here and here.

I found myself frustrated with the constant hustle that the world tells me to pursue, and the more I listened, the more I heard echoes of “less”, “slow down”, and “obey”. #obedienceoverhustle became a mantra and the white flag of surrender that I’ve been waving for a while now– choosing to fully embrace the things that God has asked me to do, and let go of the rest.

I believe that intentional living, thriving relationships and an authentic faith produce “a fuller” life. My hope is that the words here will encourage you toward your own version of that.

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  1. jenna | the urben li
    November 9, 2018, 12:32 EST

    What a great reminder as we go into the weekend and prepare for next week. I really love “It is less about a daily decision, and more about a continual conversation with Jesus.” YES!!!

    • MightyD
      November 9, 2018, 2:32 EST

      I love that too Jenna!!! I feel when I am attune, my time just flows…!

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Pl
    November 10, 2018, 8:50 EST

    That is definitely a good way to look at things. i wouldn’t have thought this before. Thanks for sharing!

    • MightyD
      November 10, 2018, 11:34 EST

      Grateful that Malinda’s insight resonates with you! I think this topic is incredibly relevant right now!!

  3. Amber
    November 10, 2018, 10:50 EST

    For sure! You can’t do it all! Pursue a few passions and I think success can come with that obedience and dedication and perseverance. Really great read 🙂 It is constantly thrown in our face to “hustle” and be “boss babe” and blah blah but we are all on our own timeline.

    • MightyD
      November 10, 2018, 11:30 EST

      I love your perspective on this Amber! And especially love your last few words, “we are on our own timeline!” Yes!! Uniquely so, for sure! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with everyone on this subject!