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Have You Chosen Your Battle?

The internet leaves my head spinning.

This may not be the best thing for me to say, but it’s the truth. But only part of the truth. Maybe it’s not just the internet.

Have You Chosen Your Battle?

Bring something to this bake sale.

Save a life — donate here today.

Feed the hungry.

Volunteer to teach Sunday School.

Help the refugees.

Foster a child.

Save the animals.

The list is endless. There is so much need in the world, and I’m so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to start. I look at it all as if I can somehow be the savior across the world and in my backyard. I want so much to help, but I feel so helpless.

So what do I do?

Little things. I bake the cookies or sponsor the child. I foster the puppy or teach at church. All good, important, necessary things. Yet, I still feel overwhelmed and unable to make a dent in the great big need around me.

Maybe it’s because I’m a fixer. Maybe it’s my need for control and order. Maybe it’s my humanity.

I want to make a difference, but I don’t know how. So, I rush to the things around me as if I’m putting out the fires hoping it is enough.

I’m tired of putting out fires.

Find your dream

I want to walk in the calling I’m meant for. And that may not be volunteering to usher at church or chairing that committee at school. It may not be the mission trip or the homeless shelter. We all have a role, but we must bring it to God to be the most effective we can be.

We need to stop saying yes in fear of missing out, letting the ball drop, and saving the world. We need to say yes because God tells us to say yes.

Because this world, this life with urgent need burning all around, this can be a beautiful battlefield and we are not meant to fight every battle we encounter.

“As a dreamer, you have to choose your battles wisely.” Mark Batterson tells us in Chase The Lion. “I can’t be on the front lines of every fight,” he continues. “You need to identify the battlefield you’re willing to die on. Then you need to fight the good fight until your hand freezes to the sword.”

We can’t do everything and be everything and save everyone. We are all dreamers, with a God-given dream deep inside. Find your dream and you find your battlefield.


Chase the Lion Book I am so grateful I was given an advanced copy of Chase The Lion in exchange for my honest opinions. I highly recommend getting this book if you want more than a life of simply ‘arriving safely at death.’ You were made for more. Dream big, chase the lion, change the world. You can get your copy here


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

16 Replies

  1. I have loved every book this author has written. Grateful to have stopped here this morning. Blessings!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Hi! I’ve only read this and part of “IF” (which is fantastic). Can’t wait to dive in more!

  2. Oh this is good. I never connected my feeling overwhelmed with a need for control. Thanks for this insight – so well written and true.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Control is sneaky, isn’t it??? I never think of it until I feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall wondering what the problem could possibly be! So grateful for boatloads of grace!

  3. Choosing the “best yes.” Glad we were neighbors today at Jennifer’s.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s a good choice 🙂

  4. I love this, Becky … choosing the next right thing to do, even if it’s just the smallest grace, the daily-est of tasks. Busy busy busy is overrated, isn’t it …

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! The smallest grace (because no grace is really small) and the daily-est of tasks (because even the ordinary can lead to the extraordinary). Thanks for being here!

  5. Hi Becky thanks for sharing about the book. Thanks for encouraging us to Choose our battles wisely!
    Blessings to you

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here! Check out the book…it’s inspiring! And keep fighting for your dream!

  6. “We need to stop saying yes in fear of missing out, letting the ball drop, and saving the world. We need to say yes because God tells us to say yes.” — YES! 🙂 God has been teaching me about this. My calling doesn’t look like yours or my neighbor’s and that’s actually a good thing. God’s Kingdom requires all of us to say yes to what’s best for us – and God’s glory. I’m so glad you linked up this post at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Hi Kristin, I am so relieved to know I’m not the only one who struggles with this. It is so hard sometimes, but when we find what we’re meant to do I have to believe it’s worth it! Thanks for the link up 🙂

  7. Excellent thoughts here – I’m so glad you shared them with us at Grace & Truth! A dear friend gave me Batterson’s first book, In the Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day. This sounds like a fantastic follow-up. I’m pleased to feature this post at A Divine Encounter on Friday. 🙂 Be sure to stop by and grab your “I’ve Been Featured” button.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It is a great follow-up! So much inspiring truth! And thanks so much for the feature! Can’t wait!

  8. Sounds like an inspiring book Becky! I relate to where you are coming from in battling the desire to help with the feelings of overwhelm. I love the idea of finding your battlefield and your dream. God is giving me the inspiration to continue working on the book He is helping me to complete. I need to stop worrying, comparing and trust His leading. He just asks me to obey Him. Thanks for sharing. So inspired visiting your site today. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you in all your endeavors!

    1. Becky Hastings

      God loves our dreams! So grateful this encouraged you today!

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