Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Tricky Balance

Psalm 138:8 (NLT) – The Lord will work out His plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.

I was recently asked if I track the number of hits to my blog and friends often encourage me to work on expanding my readership.  I choose, however, not to look at the numbers very often.

This is not about me.

While I hope my words help you know Him better, it’s not about me.   I recommend any daily devotion that speaks to you.  While I want to encourage everyone I possibly can in their relationship with God, it’s the message that touches one reader that matters.  I simply try to be His hands on the keyboard.

It’s a tricky balance.

Let me be honest.  I’m afraid of pride.  I do feel called to actively expand my readership and I’m not shy about marketing Seeds of Scripture.  I also know God will nudge you to recommend particular messages and I trust He’ll give you courage to do so.  I pray for an explosion of subscribers!  However when I look at the numbers, I feel either pleased with myself or disappointed, neither of which is about God.  To remain humble, I choose to avoid the statistics.

I shifted from emailing directly to blogging for two main reasons:  so my messages are more widely accessible and so the readership is anonymous.  While I can know the number of subscribers receiving my posts, I don’t know how many read or delete.  I don’t know who subscribes or unsubscribes.  I put it all in God’s hands.  I surrender and trust this work to Him.

What do you think of this balance?

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