A few days ago I shared the story of Tortoise and Hare. If you want to read Part 1 before you begin Part 2, click here.
In the story, Hare challenged Tortoise to a race. To Hare’s surprise, Tortoise accepted the challenge. While the story started as you might expect with Hare in the lead, it ended with Tortoise winning the race. It turns out Tortoise’s slow and steady run was perfect for him to finish on top.
This children’s story is such a great analogy to walking in God’s calling.
As a writer, God is asking you to be His ambassador, sharing your redemptive story to others. I don’t know about you, but I find walking in this calling to, at times, look more like Hare and less like Tortoise.
In Part 1, I shared a season of writing when I ran full-speed ahead, striving to build a tribe at a pace that wore at me. Like Hare, the result was exhaustion.
Because I’ve lived the perfectionistic, strive-at-all-cost life before, I knew I needed to slow down before my health was compromised, as it once had in the past.
It was during this season of rest and recovery that God spoke to my weary soul and helped me see that living out my calling and building my following is less about being Hare, and more about being Tortoise.
Living Out Your Calling As Tortoise
In our human mind, it is hard to understand that the Tortoise pace of slow and steady wins out compared to Hare’s sprint.
And yet, it does – every single time.
If the race you were running was a spirit, then maybe being Hare would have its benefits. But, since your calling is a lifelong commitment to walking God’s pre-destined path, it is critical you adjust your striving to meet His.
But, how exactly do you do this?
How do you make slow and steady a regular part of your day, without under or over-stepping your striving?
Friends, I wish I had the answer for you. I don’t. I too am still figuring out this new pace and rhythm for my own life. However, I have one strategy that has resonated deep inside me and has led me down a very peace-filled path.
This one activity ensures I keep stepping slowly and steadily, but not doing so in a sprint where exhaustion and burnout reign.
Here is the strategy I use – At the end of the day, I answer this one question, “How have I stepped into my calling today?”
In a journal, I list all the tasks I did that day that moved me forward; everything from the smallest of steps, to the significant steps get listed.
- Time spent with God. After all, if you are not filling yourself up with The Creator, then you can’t fill words on a page.
- A bible verse that resonated with me.
- Fifteen minutes of writing my next blog post.
- An opt-in completed.
- A video produced for a course.
- An interview conducted for a podcast.
The list is endless when you think of all the ways (big and small) in which you can walk into the calling God has placed on you. Whether you have one task listed or 10, the number does not matter. What matters is that you stepped.
When you intentionally take slow, but steady steps on your purpose journey, you will find yourself running towards your calling without being overwhelmed and parched from the journey.
And most important, you will find a peace that you are faithfully walking on God’s narrow path. That, my friend, is the peace you should be striving to achieve!
I pray that you too find God’s rhythm and pace for your life. If you find journaling to be helpful, I encourage you to spend a few minutes processing your thoughts around this topic.
- Are you more like Tortoise or Hare? Explain.
- In what way can you use this strategy to guide your day, so you live in peace while harmoniously walking with God?