The temptations to leave God are numerous, but they’re often so subtle we don’t realize we’re leaving Him until the day we wake up and think, Why am I not feeling close to God these days?
That’s the question I asked myself the other day. But I knew the answer before I asked the question: blogging.
It all started, not with my first blog, but with the one you’re reading right now. The difference between the two blogs? I can tell you in two words: platform building.
Building a Platform
If you’re a writer, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, building a platform is similar to building a church or a Bible study or whatever it is you do. It’s a desire (and a plan) to make your ministry bigger, to be able to reach more people to build something “great.”
There’s only one problem. That desire – which may start out as a pure, loving God and others sort of desire – has a tendency to get out of hand. And when it does, all of a sudden our focus isn’t on loving God and others anymore. It’s on a host of other things – all with the potential to lure us away from the One we love.
For the next couple of months, I want to talk about the temptations of ministry: how to recognize them, how to fight them, and how to stay close to God in the midst of them. And on a practical level, how to pursue a platform without going crazy.
This will be different than my last blogging series on eating because I’m still in the process of figuring it all out myself. I’m hoping you guys will help me. I’m hoping we can help each other.
We’ll get started next Tuesday. In the meantime I’d love to hear from you: What are your biggest challenges in blogging or ministry? Leave an answer in the comments if you have time!
Blog Posts & Bible Studies in the Temptations of Ministry and Blogging Series
Note: I wrote this blog series towards the end of 2012 when I was only 7 months into this blog and had only one book under my belt. Click on the different links below to view the blog post or Bible Study.
- 10 Temptations of Ministry Leaders and Christian Bloggers
- When No One is Commenting On Your Blog
- Worrying About What People Think
- Feeling Rejected and Condemned Questions
- 7 Lies That Mess You Up in Ministry and Blogging
- A Biblical View of Ministry
- Bible Study: When Ministry and Blogging is Hard
- The Bible’s Solution for Insecurity
- Insecurity Bible Study
- 9 Questions to Ask Before You Start People Pleasing
- 5 Goals for the Ministry Minded Blogger
- Bible Study: When God Asks You To Do the Impossible
- 9 Questions to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Failure
- Bible Study: The Temptations of Blogging
- How to Break the Blog Stat Checking Habit
- Blog Stat Checking Questions
- A New Direction
- Journal Entry: The Embarrassment of Blogging
- Journal Entry: Blogging: Is it Worth It?
- Journal Entries of a Christian Blogger
- Journal Entries: Blogging as Ministry
- What I Learned About Blogging
- Francis Chan: The Dangers of a Writing and Speaking Ministry (This wasn’t part of the series but I included it since it’s a helpful video by Francis for Christian writers and speakers.)
P.S. For all you WordPress bloggers out there, I’d also love to know if you use wordpress.com or wordpress.org for your blog and which you would recommend. I didn’t realize WordPress was putting ads on my blog until just a little bit ago, and I’d like to get rid of them. Thanks!