I’ve been bombarded with temptation from every direction and have had to fight to stay close to God.
It sounds lame to say it, but my trial has been blogging. And after nine months of going to God for help with it, I can see it was the perfect trial for God to teach me a million things He wanted me to learn. Here are a few of those lessons.
What I Learned From Blogging
- Ministry is dangerous because there’s a whole new set of temptations you don’t have to face if you’re not in ministry.
- If I want to stay close to God and write, I need to be incredibly diligent to guard my relationship with Him.
- It’s unrealistic to expect everyone who reads my blog to like and accept me. It’s a given – some people will dislike and condemn me.
- The only way I can avoid that is to a) stop writing, b) always write things everyone agrees with (which is impossible), or c) hope for a change in the personality and/or beliefs of all the potential condemners who might read my blog.
- My best option is to d) learn to not let it bother me.
- The more I go to God to get my love cup filled up, the easier it will be to choose the best option.
- Satan wants me to focus on being perfect because a) then the focus is on me and not others, b) then I’ll spend so much time re-writing blogs that I won’t have enough time to write Bible studies for publication to a wider audience, and c) it usually leads to beating myself up which ties in well with his condemner-of-the-saints strategy.
- God wants me to give up perfectionism because a) He loves me and hates to see me feeling like I have to achieve a certain level of perfection to be acceptable and b) He loves others and wants me to help them. My perfectionism gets in the way of that.
- The best reward I can receive for ministry is to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
- The second best reward I can receive is to hear someone say, “Thank you. You’ve helped me grow closer to God.”
- It’s dangerous to do ministry in a country that rewards it financially because it’s so easy to a) feel like you deserve a financial reward for ministry, b) feel like you’ve been unfairly treated if you don’t get that reward, c) fall away from God if you get too big or too little of a reward, or d) make decisions based on the reward rather than on what God wants you to do – for example, not sharing things on your blog because you’re afraid another author will take them, write a book, and earn the reward you deserve. This is all incredibly unbiblical but normal in America.
- Ministry was never easy in the Bible. I shouldn’t expect it to be easy either.
- The more I fill myself with God, the less I’ll care if I’m recognized in any way for my writing.
- God is much more satisfying than recognition.
I so appreciate those of you who have commented on my posts in this series, made me think, encouraged me, and taught me lessons through your own blog posts. You’ve helped me work through my blogging problems, and I needed that. Thank you!
I’ll be starting a new series sometime in January. Until then, I’ll be doing some random posts on different subjects.
Question: What has God taught you about blogging or through blogging this past year?
P.S. The cat in the picture has taught me patience as he likes to put his paws on my computer while I type.