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Rachel Held Evans Quotes on Success: 7 Memorable Statements From Christian Writer

By    |   Monday, 01 June 2015 12:59 PM

As an in-demand public speaker and author of four books, not to mention a widely read blog, Rachel Held Evans knows a thing or two about success.

However, much like her thoughts on religion, politics, and life, her views on success are surprising, engaging, and reflective.

For example, instead of adding more speaking engagements to her already crowded calendar as her popularity grew, Evans chose to take a step back. She booked only two speeches a month that would take her out of town, offering more time for her husband and friendships back at home.

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Here are seven of Evans’ most inspiring quotes about success, both on a personal level and in the church:

1. “You see a lot of books on the market these days about how to ditch your ‘dull, insignificant day job’ for ‘a life that matters’ (which is typically defined as self-employment or social media fame). As a self-employed writer myself, I want people to know that no job done with faithfulness and tenacity is insignificant. Not everyone has the luxury of choice that these books take for granted, and working a 9-5 job (or doing shift work or working in retail or waiting tables) doesn't make a life pathetic or insignificant or small. You don't have to love your job to have a life that matters."

2. “We all have limits on how much work we can do, and they vary from person to person and from season to season. There's no shame in scaling back, in prioritizing the things that make you happy over things that make you ‘successful.’”

3. “Church attendance may be dipping, but God can survive the Internet age. After all, He knows a thing or two about resurrection.” (Source: The Washington Post)

4. “Read everything you can get your hands on — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, magazines, newspapers, science, theology, prayers, children’s books, the backs of cereal boxes, whatever — and pay attention to how the words are put together. Start a blog. Write a kick-ass book proposal."

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5. “When I observe other women really thriving in their own way, using their own unique gifts and talents, I feel more empowered to do the same without comparing myself to others. It reminds me of what Judy Garland said: ‘Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.’”

6. “When I’m healthy, I take my ambition and drive and channel it into being creative, getting stuff done, helping other people, and working on the projects and causes I care most about. When I’m unhealthy, I get fixated on image, approval, and pounding "the competition" into the dirt in ongoing quest to win all the things.”

7. “On good days, whatever activism I’m engaged in springs from a commitment to being part of God’s restorative, redemptive work in the world as a citizen of an upside-down Kingdom in which the last is first and the first is last.”

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