If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you may have noticed that I have often written about lessons I’ve learned in humility. The heart of the matter is typically that I need to become less so that He (The Lord) becomes more. I’ve talked about the fact that I need to be less worried about people remembering my name and more concerned with people knowing His. I need to be using the gifts and talents (even if they are few) that He’s given me, not for my own gain, but for His glory.
In the past couple days I’ve been thinking about how all that ties into my sudden strategies to get people to notice my writing. I started a Facebook page, I signed up for Twitter, thought about getting an email list going…all things I vowed I would never do because, in all honesty, I’m not that big of a fan of social networking (I think it feeds into our need to be noticed, but that’s a tangent I shouldn’t get on right now). Somehow I started to believe that those things were necessary in order for my writing to be noticed and/or meaningful. And maybe they are if being noticed and meaningful were the point…but they aren’t.
I love writing. I love the feeling of ink rushing through a pen onto paper. I love the sound the keys make when I press them. And I LOVE talking about what God has done in my life. That’s what the point is! I shouldn’t be writing so that I can get more people to follow me on Twitter, or like me on Facebook. I shouldn’t be concerned with whether or not I’ll ever get published. Those things just get in the way of what I’m really passionate about. What I’m passionate about is telling the story of what I’m learning or afraid of or impressed with, in hopes something will resonate with someone else and cause them to think more deeply about their own life. And suddenly they’ll see God is doing amazing things in them also. I want people to be inspired to do something great with their life because the One who is in them in great, and because we were meant for greatness.
I don’t need a facebook page or a Twitter account to do these things. If the Lord decides to use my writing in someone else’s life, it won’t be because I advertised myself and gathered a huge following. It will simply be because He wants to.
So here’s to having a regular Facebook profile, a blog…and that’s it.