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When it comes to pursuing our hustle many of us may face that overwhelming feeling of guilt. We feel guilty for traveling for work, missing a milestone in the life of one of our kids because we had a client meeting, or even feeling guilty about not giving our hustle enough time (because we’re too busy thinking of how guilty we feel pursuing our hustle).

The guilt then pours over into our motives, and we find ourselves doing things out of obligation rather than a desire to help. It pours over into our spiritual life, serving God out of a sense of guilt rather than serving him out of love and enjoyment. We are driven by guilt, instead of love.

When we live out of motives of guilt, it clouds our worldview to shades of gray instead of the vibrant colors it’s supposed to be.

That’s the problem with guilt; it’s like adding kerosene to a fire.  It will start the fire with a flick of a match, but it won’t sustain it. So, what do you do?  You continually keep adding kerosene to keep the fire hot and powerful, in hopes that the fire will roar with power.

It won’t.

When it comes down to it, you ultimately don’t have time for that. You don’t have the energy for that. That desire to put guilt on you every day will not drive or sustain you like the power of love.

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What does the bible say about guilt?

“For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” John 3:17 (NIV)

“It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 (HCSB)

Guilt has no place in our lives once Christ takes over. We all know Christ came down to die on a cross for our transgressions but do you think he wanted to feel all that pain and suffering? No!  He even asked His Father if he could somehow get out of it.

Jesus made the sacrifice for our souls because He wanted to.

He pursues us out of love, not obligation.  

He loves His creation because He is love.

God is not motivated by guilt; we shouldn’t be either.


God wants us to enjoy our hustle and impact the world for the better. Can you imagine God wanting us to feel miserable for the desires he’s placed in our heart? God has wired us to make sacrifices out of love, not guilt.

Here are three reasons you shouldn’t feel guilty for hustling.


Hustling is good for your family.

Hustling for your dreams is a great example to show that you are more than just a father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, or sister. Your role in your family is not your identity. You can be both a mother and an ambitious, creative entrepreneur. You and your hustle can lead by example and show that you can have both a family life and a work life.

Hustling makes an impact.

Your hustle’s impact stretches far past your personal gain. There are people whose lives you can change through your work. People that you haven’t met yet can be impacted by the desires God has placed in your heart. Those people need to hear what you have to offer.

Hustling is good for your soul.

We were created to work. Most of us probably find satisfaction in what we do for our hustle. Using our skills and talents to help continue to make an impact on the world will increase your confidence and self-worth.


Today, may you let go of the guilt you feel. May you see that God has loved you because he wants to and not because He is obligated to; may you do the same. May you serve, love, and inspire because you genuinely want to and not out of a motive of guilt.


Do you feel guilty about your hustle? Why?

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Chris Pochiba

Author Chris Pochiba

Chris Pochiba is an accidental entrepreneur. With over 10 years in the marketing/visual arts world, Chris partners with amazing organizations to create meaningful art that impacts the world.

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