So as you all my beloved readers already know by now, there was a time not too long ago when I felt like shutting down my blog.
Well, thank God that we are not controlled by feelings and the result of our not being controlled by feelings is me still here churning out the words in me to you. Cool yeah?
I have learnt and relearnt a lot of things since then and I thought to share for Monday’s inspirational drive today and though the tips were gotten for Christian writing/blogging, pretty much anyone who has a purpose in life/has a job/has a business/has anything they want to set up can learn from it. So read along with me dearies…
The first lesson I learnt/I had to come to terms with was…
(1)Who validates you? God, yourself or man?
You know, we live in a world of likes and comments today…
You put up a picture/post/business idea and you visualize the number of comments you can get on them even before you hit publish… You don’t get what you anticipate and your spirit is deflated but I ask again, who/what validates you?
We have to be very careful. Yes, commendation/validation from men maybe good but we should take heed so we are not drawn into the pit of being a people-approval junkie.
Who has called you to do what you do? Men or God?
Who placed those words in you? Men or God?
Who do you want people to see in your writings? You or God?
Do not crave the approval of men so much so that you lose sight of the only approval and commendation that truly matters-God.
Isn’t it eye opening, the way Apostle Paul in the Bible always said it matters not to me how I am evaluated by you(men?)
(2)See writing for God as a ministry.
Why do you do what you do? Why do you share the word of God He has put in you? Do you do it for people? Or do you do it for God?
I stumbled on a Christian Blog where the writer shared tips for writing/blogging and one thing struck me…
He said, “see your blogging as a ministry. You give out because it’s what God has called you to do but most times you get nothing in return.”
I have never, never seen it that way before now…
I know what God told me about writing and I know what I am supposed to do with it but then, this is truly a ministry.
A ministry to touch lives for Christ and no, I am not permitted to slack behind in running the race and it’s the same for you too.
No one said that starting something for God/anything at all will be easy, but everyone gave a lot of tips about blogging/writing.
They said, write about what you love and I wrote about God because I just knew that I love writing about God. I mean, I love Him, so it’s only reasonable that what I do centre’s around what I love.
But as I meditated on what a blogger wrote on his blog on blogging as a ministry, it just hit me.
It is more than writing about what I love, God has put the words in me, He has put the words in you so by all means we have to share them.
You may not see seeds in the way of comments but whoever said that your reward is in the way of comments or likes? In fact, whoever said that it is men who will reward you for spreading abroad the word of Christ?
No comments? It doesn’t seem like the blog/website is moving? Keep doing it anyway, you are doing what God has called you to do and not what man has called you to do. So by all means, spread the words of your heavenly Father in you.
(3) Be faithful and patient in the work that God has placed in your hands.
I was reading one of Kenneth Hagin’s book where he talked about the fact that when God gives you a vision, it doesn’t mean that the vision will come to reality next week, next month or even in the next five years. Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life takes place step by step and as He prepares you for the next phase, you have to be patient enough to follow His lead and not rush out on your own.
We have to be faithful in the little that God has called us to do now, work diligently at it and patiently follow God’s lead as He guides us step by step on the way.
(4)Na small by small, little by little.
You know, we all scream and shout that we want to touch lives.
We ask God to use us to touch the lives of millions of people… We want to spread God’s words to thousands but what about the life of that one person who’s standing right in front of you?
What about that friend, family member, acquaintance, stranger you met on a bus that needs you too? If you can’t touch the lives of individuals then how do you help millions?
Na small by small, na little by little.
Each life you touch builds you up to touch more lives for God.
(5)Bring down silly thoughts with the word of God.
Sounds cheesy? But true.
Here’s what I do, the word of God says to think only on what is good, pure, lovely, praise worthy…
And so, whenever silly thoughts concerning what God is using me to do comes up, I cast it down and replace it with God worthy thoughts.
I do this over and over no matter how many times I need to do it in a day. We go see who go tire na, I will win the battle of my thoughts no matter what.
Read this to find out more about the battle in our minds.
(6)Â And finally, from Francine Rivers on her website
Donât give up!
Let writing become another way to worship the Lord. Give all of yourself to God as a thank offering.
So this monday morning, I cannot claim to have stopped having silly thoughts…
But I can say with all certainty that when they come, I turn my thoughts back to focus on what is what is pure, true, trustworthy and noble…
And that is what God says about what I am doing. He has put me on this path and His deal is the surest deal, not the pat I get on the back from people.
And today, I say not to just Christian writers/bloggers, but to everyone who has started up something God has told them to…
See that stuff as your ministry.
See it as something God has told you to do.
Work at it for Him and not for men. Let God reward you and not men.
Do what He has told you with all your might and at the right time, He will reward you with the reward that never fades.
Look up and not down, around or beside you.
I am pretty sure that there are so much more tips that can help us but I don’t want to write too much and bore you so hopefully, you were struck by one or more of the above like I was.
And do feel free to share more tips with us in the comment section…
I and every other person who visits this blog would love to hear from you.
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So happy new week people!
Have a great, great week ahead 🙂