28 Jul Audience of One
If no one else were watching, following, liking, encouraging, praising, etc. would you still do what you are doing?
If you answered yes to this question, chances are, you are doing something you truly enjoy doing and for the right reason.
When I first decided to give blogging a try, I told the Lord I would just write and see where He leads me with it. As I began taking blogging courses and writing more and more, my expectations began to shift. I still knew I wanted to write in obedience, but I began to seek approval. I wanted to know my posts were being read. I wanted to know I was encouraging someone else, and at the very least, I wanted a couple of hundred followers.
But, what I wanted wasn’t coming quick enough. Slowly, my writing began to slow down. I didn’t realize it, but what started out for an audience of one, began to become just one more thing for me to start people pleasing with.
We live in a society that encourage us to constantly strive to please others. This begins early on in grade school, if not before. We are taught to strive for perfect attendance, honor roll, a class award, best athlete or most improved, etc. As we grow older this transfers into our jobs and daily on social media.
How many likes did I get?
How many views did I have?
I need more followers.
We are constantly seeking the approval of others. But, God desires that we simply seek Him and His approval. When He calls us to do something, it’s not always to gain a platform or a following, but simple for us to learn and grow spiritually. For us to learn and practice obedience.
So now as I write, I’ve decided not to share on social media that I’ve created a new blog post. I don’t have an email list that I send updates to, I simply desire to write and post for an audience of one; My God.
Now does this mean I will never share my writings with anyone else? Not at all. My hearts desire is to write for One and to be lead into doing more as the Lord sees fit.
When I’m feeling led to write I will obey and write. I won’t keep things as drafts simply because I don’t think it’s good enough or because I can’t find the perfect image to go along with it. My goal is for one person to be pleased and one day say, “We’ll done, my good and faithful servant.”
The more I practice writing, the better I will become at it, and the more He can use me, if He pleases. Even if He desires for me to simply write for Him, I will obey.
So Heavenly Daddy, this is for you. I write this post praying that you are pleased. Not just with my writing, but with my obedience. Help me to improve my writing skills, and use me to be a blessing to others.
Who’s approval are you seeking? Is Jesus Christ pleased?
“Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,” ~ Colossians 3:23 CSB