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I have felt very busy lately.

“Well, who hasn’t?” you say.

I agree, we all feel overextended at times, but a few weeks ago, I made a startling discovery: I let an entire week pass without writing a single word.

To me, this revelation was alarming. Here’s why: God has called me to write. Writing is one of my core tasks when it comes to fulfilling my God-given mission. I quit my job to write; if an entire week goes by without me putting a single word on paper, there’s a problem.


You Have a Unique Purpose

In a recent post, entitled 5 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned when I Quit my Job, I briefly shared what God is teaching me about prioritizing and living on mission. Here’s the thing: God has given each of us a specific mission or contribution to make in His Story. We are all unique characters with a one-of-a-kind storyline. Only you can be you and do the things God has planned for your life. Only you can tell your story.

This idea that we each have a unique contribution–one that we must prioritize and pursue with ferocity–is illustrated nowhere more perfectly than in Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” (I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book!)


Pursue Less but Better

In his book, McKeown describes behaviors with which we are all too familiar: saying “yes” to everything, being spread too thin, not being impactful anywhere because we are trying to be present everywhere… The list goes on.

McKeown very profoundly states, “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

It’s true. If we don’t protect the time God has given us and assign that time to our God-given mission, our time and other resources will be doled out to whatever or whomever is asking for it, even if it’s not important!

John Maxwell once said, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”


Only You can Tell Your Story

God did not create you to be an average Jack-of-all-trades. He created you to be you, because only you can fulfill the task He has given you in this world. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done.

I recently heard one of my favorite authors, Todd Henry, say, “Don’t spend your life building someone else’s work.” And to that I would echo, “Don’t WASTE your life telling someone else’s story.” The question is not, “What story does the world want you to write,” but “What Story does God want you to write?”

You have to be intentional. Stories don’t write themselves, at least, not good stories. Go ahead, say “no” to those things that aren’t supposed to be in your story, and make room to give a bold “yes” to the chapters you are supposed to write.

What is the one or maybe two things God is calling you to do in this season of life? What story is God asking you to write? Identify that story, and pursue it with passion.

“Tell me, what will you do with your one wild life?” – Mary Oliver


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