What you are doing really DOES matter!
You likely started out, like I did, with such high hopes.
You thought this would be an amazing, easy, and very rewarding way to impact the lives of others.
So, you set up your site, made it look as beautiful, and started writing great words of wisdom, instruction, and affirmation.
You’ve probably been blogging now for at least a few months… if not longer.
You’ve done the work.
You’ve put in the time.
You’ve observed the analytics.
You’ve taken various classes and training modules.
You’ve learned to create images.
You’ve connected and linked and commented like crazy.
You’ve added to your social media platforms.
Then, several times a week — you write a heartfelt post, edit it, add great images, link, share, comment, link again, share again, pray, and hope that this latest masterpiece of yours will have great success.
~ Sometimes our posts do fabulously well.
~ Sometimes they don’t.
And, when they “bomb” or when they just don’t meet up to our expectations – we can lose heart.
We can grow weary in the work of blogging.
And, so, this post is for you, my blogging friend… to encourage you to keep on going.
Keep on sharing your gift of words with the world!
What you are doing DOES matter!
1) You are a bright LIGHT in a dark world!
We live in a very dark world—filled with hurt, anger, pain, and much emptiness.
It’s possible that your post will be the very tool that God will use to “lighten” someone’s world today.
I know your posts have brightened my day many times. God has used your words to poignantly touch my heart on more than one occasion. And, He will use you again and again.
You will brighten someone else’s world a little bit today!
2. You are a hope-filled VOICE that can be heard in places where no other encouraging voices can be heard!
Our words go out all over the world!
I was just looking at my numbers today, and I noticed that my posts are going across the globe.
These were my top countries today:
- South Africa
Have you looked at yours lately??
It’s like taking daily mission trips all over the world!
We can reach people without taking the shots, without the long plane ride, and without all of the cost and the trouble.
What a gift!
Keep putting the HOPE out there!
You are a missionary voice to even the most remote places on the planet!
3. Behind every single number of every single analytic is a PERSON in need of hope!
Last year… I spoke to about 15 groups of women around the Mid-South area. Overall, I think I spoke to about 1,000-1,200 women. It was an amazing year.
However, a friend pointed out – I can reach many more people (much more quickly) through the words on my blog!
Daily, I can speak to men, women, college students, and teens all over the place. I don’t have to be invited to speak. I don’t have to travel. I just have to type and post!
You can too!
You can literally reach hundreds or even thousands of people through your website and your online presence!
This is amazing!
Your words are reaching so many people!
4. For every one (1) person that comes back to thank you, there are TEN (10) who could have!
Although you may only get 2-3 comments back on some of the posts that you write, you could have received 20-30.
You could have even gotten 200-300 comments if folks would take a moment to thank you!
Even Jesus wasn’t properly thanked for His earthly ministry.
Remember the 10 lepers?
As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” (Luke 17:11-19)
Only one healed man came back to thank Jesus–although all 10 were healed!
Just because you do not hear from people… it doesn’t mean people aren’t hearing you!
Even if you only hear one good word from one person—keep posting!
For everyone you hear from, 10 others are being blessed!
5. You are a great ENCOURAGEMENT to your blogging friends!
It’s hard work!
It takes time!
Your faithfulness inspires your blogging friends!
Your life refreshes others!
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
You never know how your post may inspire the heart of one of your blogging brothers or sisters.
Keep on putting your stuff out there!
Your words may be JUST what someone needs to read today!
6. You are doing the WORK OF THE LORD and making an impact on the world around you! (You are just doing it more quietly!)
It’s a quiet ministry.
It’s an unheralded ministry.
It’s a ministry where you work hard and spend a great deal of time by yourself.
It’s not showy or flashy.
However, you and I are making a difference in the lives of those around us every single day.
The discouraged can be encouraged.
The disheartened can be heartened.
The lost can be saved.
The drifting can come home.
The hopeless can find hope.
The empty can be filled.
The tired can be invigorated.
The sad can be cheered up.
With a few quiet key strokes, we can do this ministry!
It’s quite biblical, you know:
“Do all you can […and to aspire] to live a peaceful life. ·
Take care of [Attend to; Mind] your own business, and do your own work [work with your hands] as we have already told [instructed; commanded] you.
If you do, then you will win the respect of [or live a respectable/proper life before] unbelievers [outsiders], and you will not have to depend on others for what you need.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, EXB)
Keep quietly giving of your time. God sees.
Others are watching.
You are winning some unbelievers by your efforts.
And, your reward in heaven is going to be amazing!
And, so my friend, my letter is coming to a close.
May I just remind you that you are greatly appreciated?
Even if no one else bothers to thank you today, I’d like to!
Thank you for giving of yourself.
Your life greatly ministers to mine and to so many other lives.
Your blog does matter to me and to a host of other people.
You are making a difference… even if you don’t feel like you are.
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Maybe you can send it to a friend or family member?
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