For the last couple months, I’ve been working on my book. I’ve never written a book before and it’s much more work than I originally anticipated, but it’s nearing completion and I’m excited to show it to you. Here’s the cover art my good friend Jared Picker designed for me:
The book is coming along nicely, and I’m hoping to release it in the next month or so. If you want to be notified when it’s available, sign up for my newsletter on the right and I’ll keep you in the loop.
Here’s a short excerpt from the first chapter on 5 reasons why I think hustle is so important:
Reason #1: You always have more to do.
Ever wish you had more time in the day to get things done? We all do! But you don’t, and you never will. Sorry. So what CAN we do? We can improve our processes. Time is the great equalizer – we are all given the same 24 hours in a day. So why do some people get so much done and others don’t see to get anywhere? Simple: hustle.
Hustle is really about how you steward your time. Some people do a 5 talent job, some people do a 2 talent job – but it’s not because one was born into a “blessed” situation. True, not everyone gets the same start. Fortunately for you (and me), it doesn’t matter how you start – what matters is how you finish. What are you doing from this point forward? Start hustling, where you are and with what you have, and you’ll soon find yourself doing more than you ever dreamed you could do.
Reason #2: You can always be more productive.
Much of being productive is conquering procrastination. A lot of people will never achieve the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10, not because God is unfaithful, but because they are. You can’t control what happens 5 years in the future, but you can control what happens today. And today you need to start! If you will change your today, you can do something about your tomorrow. If we can manage what we do day-to-day, we will soon find ourselves going from 1 talent to 2 to 5 to 10.
I can not overstate the importance of this principle: JUST START! I don’t care where you’ve come from or what you’ve done. Maybe you’ve sat on your talent for years, but as long as you’re still breathing, you still have time to maximize it. And because God always works by multiplication, it won’t take long until you start to see some fruit.
Which leads me to reason #3…
Reason #3: Your productivity is directly related to the quality of life you currently have.
The key to your success is hidden in your daily routine. Galatians 6:7 says “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”. What you do daily determines the level at which you live. Your attitude toward your talent(s) determines the altitude of your life based on what you do with it.
In Genesis 8:22 it says “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” You can really break this down into 3 components:
- Seed – without a seed, you’ll never get a harvest
- Time – you don’t plant a seed and dig it up 24 hours later
- Harvest – the provision/blessing/fruit of your labor
Many people are good at #2 and confessing #3, but without actually doing something (planting seed) it doesn’t matter! If a farmer doesn’t plant any seed in the spring, he’s a fool to water the earth all summer, pull the weeds and expect a harvest in the fall. Don’t be a fool – plant some seed.
Reason #4: Time is running out.
I don’t want to get all eschatological in this book because that’s not the purpose, but the reality is we don’t know how much time we have left. What we do know is that we’ve never been closer to the end, and I don’t want to get caught with no oil in my lamp. Ephesians 5:15-16 says “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (KJV) The word “redeem” that is used in this verse is exagorazo, which means “to buy up, ransom, to rescue from loss”. It means to do something with intensity or urgency, making the best use of every appropriate opportunity. What Paul is saying in this passage is that so much time has been wasted already that we need to make up for lost time. Another way to say it is that we are living on borrowed time.
Reason #5: It matters to God.
This is the most important reason – productivity matters to God! Did you know there are over 400 verses in the Bible on time? God has a lot to say about hustle and stewardship, and it’s not all “warm and fuzzy”. He takes it VERY seriously. In fact, in Matthew 12:36 Jesus tells us that “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (KJV). The word “idle” is the Greek word argos, which means “useless, careless, without thought, inactive, inoperative, unemployed, unserviceable”. So get busy, because you’ll be held accountable for what you do (or don’t do).
Whether or not you get to hear “well done my good and faithful servant” at the end is determined by your hustle. How big is your “want-to”? How much are you willing to sacrifice and invest to achieve God’s promises in your life? One thing is for sure – you will stay the same until you take a step up. You will stay on the level you are until you press in.