I have only been blogging for about 8 months now, and I have learned quite a lot, but I still have a tremendous amount of things still to learn, obviously. I have learned how to set up and create a website, a feat which was so far beyond my ‘normal,’ that I am pretty pleased with the outcome, and yet ‘tweaking’ is still a given, as I constantly learn new things.
I have also learned more about writing articles, promoting my content through Pinterest and Social Media, making the articles more readable and SEO friendly, (hopefully!) and just in general, becoming a better writer/blogger. (This is truly a never ending goal though, to become better and better.) I am still working on my own consistency and schedule issues. Life keeps interrupting my scheduled plans, and I get thrown off track more often than I’d care to admit. But I am a work in progress! So is my blog.
Overall, this has been a pretty wild ride for me, with countless ups and downs in my confidence level and in my inner feelings of capability along this endeavor. I am a fighter by nature though, and so I plan on just keeping on keeping on, taking the next step, and then the next, and the next until blogging is under my belt, so to speak. I also acknowledge that it will never really be “under my belt” because Christian blogging is a uniquely growing ministry opportunity. New goals are always looming in front of me to continually pursue the paths where the Lord is taking me.
This undertaking of Christian blogging is a far different from any path I would have planned for myself to be on! I am pleased with the journey so far. I am extremely humbled by every view on my blog, and especially prayerful for whomever may read what I humbly write, that they may find encouragement in it, and be pointed to the Savior through my thoughts and written words.
Admittedly, I sometimes get a momentary twinge of discouragement when I see others’ “numbers” for their blog stats. This so silly! I think it is a direct ploy of satan to try to defeat a Christian bloggers end game, which should be to promote Jesus Christ in all that we do. (I am speaking here of Christian bloggers who specifically want to blog about Bible study, or Christian encouragement, etc.)
First of all, it is really silly to allow that numbers/success/comparison ploy to take hold because it is mostly a comparing apples to oranges type of argument. We are not the same! If you have been blogging for only months, you cannot compare yourself to someone who has been at it for years. If you are a total novice at blogging, you cannot compare yourself to someone who has had more or comparable experience in this, or a similar field.
Second, Their niche might be a very different audience than your niche. Their skills might be very different than your skills. (You know, they actually teach this tech stuff in high schools & colleges these days? Lol) Or their opportunities to gain those skills might be different than your opportunities, ie, knowledgeable people in their circle, financial situation to invest in gaining those skills, time constraints to pursue that knowledge, etc.
And one more anti-comparison thought… God may want you to grow more gradually than someone else because you NEED to grow more gradually than someone else. Your personality may need that gradual increase rather than an immediate explosion of growth, so you can grow into it, or with it, and not be overwhelmed by it, or distracted by it.
These are just a few of the many reasons for not falling into the numbers comparison trap. Let me give you some encouragement for why God may have you where he has you.
You are unique, and God wants to use your unique voice to spread His word in a unique way!
Just like we go to different churches, enjoy different music, different styles of speakers, and different types of books; our audiences enjoy different styles of blogs. We all fall into those different styles in the way God intends for us to fall into them. Like fingerprints, or snowflakes, or zebra stripes, we are each our own God-made & God-intended design, for His glory!
This is not a digression from the topic, but it may seem like one at first:
Blogging to me is what the door-to-door evangelism was back in the day.
Today, we can’t even imagine just going door to door and telling people about Christ, but this was common back when I was a child. I even did some of that myself in various ministries I was involved in after I became a Christian. From the time I was a young teenage Christian, I remember vividly going door to door passing out invitations, and trying to give out the Gospel, whether it was teaching back yard Bible clubs, or Bus Ministry, or VBS ministry, or whatever special services were upcoming, let alone just door to door evangelizing in neighborhoods around our church. This was a common practice that we don’t see much of today.
I believe Christian blogging is the new door-to-door evangelizing and teaching. The difference is, in blogging, we are invited right in to the viewers ‘living rooms’ so to speak. And that is why, I believe, God is recruiting so many of us. So there is a style of blog for every seeker to respond to. And, together, we reach ‘neighborhoods’ we may never have had access to in the old fashioned way.
I sincerely believe God is up to something BIG with this explosion of Christian bloggers that He is calling into blogging. So, never ever think that you don’t have a purpose, even if you are just starting out, or still small, or growing slower than you perhaps wish. Just be faithful to what God has called you to do. Seek Him and His wisdom and councel daily. Fill yourself up with His word, so it pours out of you, and into your ministry. Pray without ceasing that you write for His glory, and not your own.
Now, you may think I have forgotten what my title to this post was. No, I haven’t 😉 I’m just leading up to it!
So….. What is a Christian Bloggers Greatest Bible Promise?
Here it is in Isaiah 55:8-11
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (NKJV)
That is the key! That is the most important thing to remember as a Christian blogger who wants to proclaim God’s Word and point people to Jesus.
It is not our words that accomplish God’s purpose, but His own. God’s word does NOT return void. It accomplishes what He wills for it to accomplish.
What an amazing promise we can depend on in our ministry of Christian blogging, or ANY ministry where we are trying to teach and draw others closer to Jesus!
Study God’s Word, and use it in your writing or teaching. Include it in your posts! God can use our personal voices, and our personal testimonies, but His word still has to be at the center of all we write or say, or it just isn’t going to be as effectual to His purposes.
The truth that ‘God’s word doesn’t return void’ gives us hope and confidence that we are reaching whom God intends for us to reach in our blogging, no matter what our number stats my tell us.
Beyond blogging, in any Christian ministry, it gives the benefit of knowing that the outcome of the lesson, or the preaching, teaching or testimony, or even one on one conversation, is in God’s hands, not our own.
Does this mean we don’t work at doing our best? No, of course not. God wants us to do our best in whatever we do! “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might!” -Ecclesiastes 9:10a But we can confidently say like Paul did in 1 Corinthians 3:6 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” about our ministry, and have the assurance that the outcome is in God’s quite capable hands.
I like that! It gives me rest and peace as I blog. I love knowing that if I am truly seeking to be yielded to God as I write, He helps me to say what He wants me to say, and it reaches who He wants it to reach, and it accomplishes what He wants it to accomplish; which quite honestly, may be far different than what I may have set out to accomplish originally!
Its all good. Its all about what God plans. Not me. Not you.
I am reminded as I finish this, that one of Billy Graham’s most repeated phrases in his amazing life-long ministry, was “God’s word says…” or some version of that, as he lifted his Bible in the air and quoted scripture. Billy was a great vessel in God’s hands, but it was never Billy’s own words that accomplished so much. It was God’s. We too, as Christian bloggers, can raise our Bibles figuratively in the air and proclaim “God’s word says….” to the whole world through our multiple blog posts, and only Heaven will reveal what God accomplishes through ALL of us. I am looking forward to that future Heavenly day! And I am counting on this great Biblical Promise to be my most important blogging tool, one I hope to never try and do without.
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