Let me ask you a question. How are you doing with your platform building? Are you hanging in there? Pursuing your goals with God? Or are you tempted like me to make the goals your god?
Having just come back from a fellowship filled camping trip to Yellowstone Park, I was struck once again by the temptations of platform building.
Here’s what I learned while I was away: if I want to avoid temptation, I need to transfer the experience I had in Yellowstone to my life as a writer.
Here are my five new platform building goals:
Platform Building Goals
1) Write in fellowship with God.
When I was in Yellowstone, I was constantly aware of God’s presence – in the beauty of His creation and the beauty of His people – my family and the friends we camped with.
When I write, I should also be constantly aware of His presence. Soaking in His love. Reveling in the beauty of His truth. Delighting in the back and forth conversation that comes through focusing on Him while I write.
2) Write in fellowship with others.
I’m beginning to see that blogging is a lot like going to a Bible study. We share with each other, we disagree with each other, and we learn from each other. There’s great fellowship in that.
When I write by myself at the computer, though, I tend to forget that all of you guys are out there because I can’t see you like I can see people in a class.
My experience in Yellowstone taught me that I just have to think of you while I write. Enjoy your presence even though you’re not right in front of my face. I can do that through prayer and through thinking of you as I write.
3) Write what God wants me to write.
Too many times I ask myself, what do I need to write to grow my blog traffic, when I should be asking, what does God want me to write?
God’s will is far more important than blogging success. For some people, the two will go hand in hand. God’s will will lead them to cultural success. But not everyone.
Think of Jeremiah. He did what God wanted Him to do – but everyone got mad at him in the process. And if he had been writing all that stuff on his blog, I doubt he would have had many followers.
4) Hold success with open hands.
Which is exactly why I need to hold success with open hands. I don’t know if God will want me to write things that will make everyone mad. If He does then I need to write them.
And if I make everyone mad, I probably won’t be that successful in the cultural sense.
5) Renew my mind every time my ministry (blogging) threatens to tear me away from the One I minister for (God).
For some reason blogging is incredibly tempting to me. But if I allow blogging to take over my life, what will I be modeling for others?
One of the greatest enemies of the church is a non-disciple who is discipling others. I don’t want to be that person.
Which is why I need to constantly renew my mind. It’s the only way I can keep a close walk with God while I pursue my goals.
2016 Update: If you’d like to see a list of the blog posts on blogging and ministry, click here. I’ve also written a book filled with the journaling questions and Bible verses I’ve used to talk through these issues with God and renew my mind about them. If you’re interested in that book, click here.
Question: How are you doing with platform building? What do you do to keep it from taking over your life?
P.S. Goals #3-5 don’t really have anything to do with Yellowstone but I wanted to include them anyway!