Today I read a great blog post by a friend of mine named Danny Ray. He is a loving husband and dad, a good friend to many, an award-winning, amazing magician, an inspiring speaker, and most important, a brother in Christ. You can see more about Danny Ray and his ministry here at his website, and you can read the blog post here.
In reading his post today, he gives tribute to one of my closest friends, Joe Castaneda of Overboard Ministries for the blog posts that he writes. He tells how a series of posts Joe had written were impacting people Joe didn’t even know about. I won’t steal the story. I want you to go read it, and I want you to check out Joe’s blog here.
At the end of the article I got thinking about my little posts I put up. I get all of the tracking data that says I have a loyal readership that amounts to grand numbers daily. (I am currently averaging an entire 3 people per day this month!) I also have a Facebook Page where I post a daily verse, image, and thought that gets a few more hits, but still has modest numbers averaging into the double digits consistently. (Yes, as a result I often go out in sunglasses with a hat pulled low to keep the paparazzi at bay.)
I admit I sometimes fall prey to the pride that pulls at me in wishing that I was reaching more people. Why aren’t more people reading? I do work on these things! Am I wasting my time? What am I doing wrong?
I’m not saying I am perfect, but maybe I’m not doing anything wrong. Maybe I am just sometimes not doing it for the right reason. The purpose of writing for me is not to gain a huge following. I just want to share what God is doing in my life and hopefully inspire someone out there to get more interested in making God a bigger part of their lives too! It’s not about me. It’s about God.
I’m currently reading great book by Paul Tripp called The Quest for More. In it, Paul talks about how we miss out on the MORE of serving God and His kingdom when we are focused on building up our own reputation. He tells it a lot better than I do, but that is it in a nutshell. (Still, go get and read the book. You won’t be disappointed!)
I have not been writing much here lately. I admit that a big reason has been that I have felt nobody is interested and it isn’t worth my time. Read Danny’s post and you will see why that is exactly the wrong thing I should be thinking. I am purposing to get more regular in posting here. I might not write long posts, but just a thought a couple times a week would be something.
Thanks, Danny, for the kick in the pants. I want to be Relentless in my pursuit of God and His kingdom. I want people to be directed to Him through any means necessary, and if I get to play a part in it, that is all for God’s glory. Thanks for being a “drive-by accountability partner” today. You had words I needed to hear.
I owe you a $1 next time I see you!