Happy New week!
Now, let’s see what we can have on Monday’s Inspirational drive today to keep us all revved up for the week ahead…
I think it’s been so long we had a discussion among us Christian writers/bloggers, so let’s have that today shall we?
We had six tips for Christian writers/bloggers last year on the blog and you can read the posts here
But for today, I want to talk about something that struck me as I read a comment on this blog 2days ago.
I wrote this post that started the #ChastityForMen project and shared my own victory over masturbation and premarital sex.
The response was awesome. The comments and all warmed my heart to no end.
I also got a recent comment on my about Frances page that made me smile.
When I get all the lovely comments on the blog though, it always send me back to God in prayers.
I smile and then I say that it could only be you God, who took this little daughter in your arms and spurned words in her that can bless lives for you.
Emphasis on ONLY HIM – GOD COULD HAVE DONE THIS.
Now, I saw that comment on my about page some days back and it struck me as to how easy it would be for a Christian writer/blogger to get caught up in the compliments and miss the One that truly matters – God.
You see, we learned in our last post to Christian writers/bloggers that writing for God is actually a ministry and we are no less susceptible to pride as a pastor in the pulpit.
You would have to be very careful when you get to a certain stage in this journey of using your words to give God glory, otherwise the great compliments will become a problem.
The compliments will become a problem when you aren’t anchored on God.
The same rules that govern other ministers govern us.
God detests pride.
It gives him no pleasure to see a son or daughter of His being proud in a place He has placed her to function for Him and that includes the blogging world.
See, the rules that govern us are different from the rules that govern other bloggers.
Other bloggers can run ahead and pat themselves on the back on what a great job they have done on their blogs but for us, everything on the blog – every subscriber, site traffic, word from our lips(hands) is all to give God glory.
It’s the reason why God uses this journey to build great character traits in us.
You cannot write/blog for God and your own life won’t be changed.
God changes your own life even as He changes others with the words in you.
Others pat themselves in the back for 1million page views, we give God the glory for every person that says “that article on your blog blessed my life”.
God cannot give us those 1million views except we have the spiritual capacity to handle it.
In a way, spiritual growth is also tied to blogging growth(its a ministry, so what do we expect?)
It’s the same way compliments can make you fall away except you are spiritually developed in the Lord.
I was talking to someone and she compared me to Nigeria’s own Heather Lindsey when she read one of our Frances’s Love letters on the blog.
I was like me ke?
I was reading Heather’s blog on saturday and when I got to the comment section and saw all the kind words, I couldn’t help but pray to God…
“Lord, do not open any doors to me until I am spiritually developed enough to handle them”
Heather has thousands on her facebook page, thousands on instagram and twitter page, each of those persons bless God for her life and I imagine she is bombarded by emails day in and out.
Oh, I absolutely do not want to get to that kind of stage till I am well grounded in God – very well and goodly grounded in God.
Because the easy lure of thinking of ourselves beyond what we truly are can come in to play when doors open like that to a spiritually unsound Christian blogger/writer.
For those who aren’t grounded in God, it will be easy to forget that the entirety of who we are is the definition of God.
See, fellow Christian writers/bloggers, the same way a pastor goes on his knees before God is the same way we should go on our knees before God, holding onto Him as our only anchor and self-sufficiency.
Recognizing the fact that the blog – every person who gets blessed with God’s words in us is all of His work and none of us.
That should keep us as humble as we should be.
No one should get things twisted.
Let’s not make the mistake of letting the compliments make us lose focus on what’s truly important, which is giving God all the glory.
Yes, let our hearts get warmed by the compliments but send the glory right back to who it should belong to – God.
So dear fellow writers/bloggers writing for God…
Let’s not let the good compliments turn into a dangerous thing for us.
Keep yourself grounded in God and know that the glory isn’t for us, the glory is all to God.
Our lives, the blog, the blog readers, the plenty traffic, the great and numerous subscriber list… they are all to give God glory.
The blog will be nothing without God.
As we go out into this week and beyond in our writing journey for God, don’t let the compliments get things twisted.
The entirety of the blog and who you are is the definition of God.
Let it stay that way.
God bless us all as we use our talents for Him.
May we be continually changed and transformed to the image of Jesus in this ministry of writing even as God’s word in us changes others.
Till our next round table talk for Christian writers/bloggers,
PS: This post was scheduled to be published earlier on but I just couldn’t get the featured image I designed on microsoft word to come out right.
Argh! I need to learn some soft skills on designing pictures, can someone pleaseee help me already?
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Tessa DoghorMarch 16, 2015 at 11:14 am
You are right
All the glory belongs to God
Frances OkoroMarch 16, 2015 at 11:40 am
ALL The GLORY belongs to God…we are simply serving Him wherever He has placed us in. we shouldn’t get it twisted.
Happy new week Tessa! 🙂
Go and excel!
MobolajiMarch 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm
After all is said and done, it’s about God. It’s all about Him.
Frances OkoroMarch 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm
At the end, beginning, middle..everywhere, it’s all about God.
Highly FavoredMarch 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Absolutely right Francis. It’s also important, if your blog is a ministry, to not get caught up in the number of comments and followers one gets/has. Sometimes we are tempted to think no one is reading or that the content we write about is not interesting/popular/Juicy/Exciting. Just the contrary, If our readers have a heart towards God and the principles of God those who read, regardless of number, will find our content interesting, inspirational, exciting and much more.
Frances OkoroMarch 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm
Thank you for drawing our minds to this all important aspect of writing for God.
It’s one of the first things we worry about-not enough readers.
But i’ve found out that God rarely ever starts something big.
He says He delights to see the plumbline, the small work start..thats the way it works in this kingdom and if we let God work in us, He also melts away the mindset of “many people” from us and let’s us see through His eyes..which is like you said. Even if it’s only one reader that recognizes and heeds God’s Word, heaven rejoices over that and we should rejoice too.
#grace on us all.
Princess OkechukwuMarch 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Sis, you couldn’t have said it any better. Pride sips in slowly when we get all comfy and puffed up by compliments. Daily, I remind myself that I’m only who I am by God’s grace, so everything He has me doing is all Him.
When I think of how He drops the words in my heart as I type them out, I can’t even dare to take His glory. My daily request is that: ‘I decrease and He increases. That men will encounter Christ and not myself’
May God continue to help us be in check, and give us humble hearts to serve Him and give Him the glory. Amen.
God bless you, Frances!
Frances OkoroMarch 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm
Thank you Princess. One thing I have taken from your comment is that it is important to do a heart check regularly(daily even). Cuz we may think that we are still on track but miss it sometimes.
May God give us all grace indeed…all of Him and none of us in Jesus name, amen!
AmakaMarch 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm
When each post is a piece of you, you do not care about the comments/views. Writing is a for way to worship. . . giving oneself away in bits. As Christian bloggers, we should use excellence, wisdom, originality, and creativity to present the gospel. Yes we don’t need the comments, but we do need to overwhelm them with the light in the Word!
Frances OkoroMarch 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm
OmG, I smiled widely and repeated the end of your comment Amaka… “we need to overwhelm them with the light in the Word!”
It’s the Word…the Word that comes in swiftly and is Life that is the ultimate.
The life in the blog itself is God’s Word! Not any word from us! That’s the Word that should shine, it’s the Word that shines brightly!
Thank you Amaka and I need to be more intentional about using writing as worship to God.
We won’t be so lazy in posting posts if we view it as worship to God(which is itself) and not just to churn out posts..i need to be more intentional about this too.
Temitope BANKSMarch 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm
When I saw the title i was like ghen ghen today would be hot lol…Our hearts need to be circumcised else we would make a ship wreck of our faith when we experience very little success.
Frances OkoroMarch 17, 2015 at 7:52 am
Lol Temi, today really hot..only a circumcised heart can take the truth and walk with them right?
Thank you for that, we should always examine our hearts in whatever we do..that seems to be a rrecoccuring lesson here for me
E'March 18, 2015 at 9:21 am
infact the way I fling compliments ehn lol
need to stay grounded abeg
Frances OkoroMarch 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm
As in, spot on for me too E!
We all totally, totally, totally need to stay grounded in God…else na one chance(God forbid)
AdaolisaApril 8, 2015 at 10:56 am
What more can i say?
You got it all right.
we really are no different than the pastor on the pulpit…….
Weldone Frances! keep it up.
Frances OkoroApril 9, 2015 at 11:32 am
thak You Adaolisa..been great to see you here…
knowing that this is a ministry really keeps me on track..
we share God’s word too and we must strive to indeed live our lives for Him. God help us all
YemisiApril 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm
Hi Frances, I think this is a great message, not just for Christian writers and bloggers, but any Christian with a platform – so ministers, singers, counselors, speakers, and so on…
Re your picture/design troubles, try https://www.canva.com/. It is free, and really easy to use.
Frances OkoroApril 25, 2015 at 2:52 am
Thank you so much Yemisi, will check canva out…
and first time commenter on the blog…welcome!