Hustle Isn't Everything
Updated: Oct 25
Hey y'all! I'm Grace Ann! First of all, if you don't know me, I'm a sophomore Communication: Digital Media Major here at AU and I'm so excited to be apart of this amazing blog team!
Secondly, I'm a workaholic.
Between classes, homework, and working two amazing jobs, I'm constantly working. When I'm not working, I'm doing my best to take care of myself, so I can continue working. Lately, it's felt like this endless cycle, and maybe you feel like it has been too.
I want you to know that you are not alone in feeling tired, worn out, and stressed. But, I also want you to know that working hard and "hustling" is not everything.
As I began to have that statement on my heart throughout this semester, I was reminded of the timeline of God creating everything in the beginning of Genesis. He made the heavens and the earth, light and darkness (which he called day and night), the sky, the land and seas, plants and trees, the sun and the moon and stars, all kinds of animals, and man in the span of six days. Then in Chapter 2, verses 1-3 states, "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
Even God rested and admired the good work He had done.
Sometimes, we can get too caught up in the hustle, that we forget to stop and rest and admire the good work that we do.
Think about it.
How amazing is it that you have come this far in your semester? How many amazing words you have written for countless papers or how many long nights of studying have paid off? That's something to celebrate!
Or, maybe you're spending all this time hustling and are struggling to see the fruit of it? Maybe your goal is to just make it through this semester and pass. Maybe you feel like you're just trying to survive right now and take things day by day or even hour by hour. The fact that you are alive and breathing right now is something to celebrate too!
The beautiful thing about all of this is that in the context of eternity, none of this will matter.
That test you just failed? Doesn't matter.
That presentation that you did so well on? Doesn't matter.
That GPA that's on the fence right now? Doesn't matter.
The only thing that will matter in the context of eternity is your relationship with Christ.
Now, that does not mean that we do not be good stewards of the work that we have been given to do by God and be lazy with it. Instead, we should work hard, but we should do it for the glory of God, not ourselves.
We need to recognize the times when we put school (or other work) in front of God. Then, we should take a steps toward correcting that.
When you start putting God at the center of everything that you do, the pressure starts to be lifted.
I am God's, and God is mine, and nothing can take that away from me. Nothing can take that away from you too.
Dear student, you are so much more than a number in a class or grade on a test. You are a precious child of God.
At the end of the day, hustling does not matter.
God and your relationship with Him matters.
Rest in that good truth, I promise you it's life-changing!