Blogging: Bright, Shiny Objects - Not Losing Your First Love

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As a new blogger you get really excited about new opportunities.  For me, I am getting into doing book reviews and, I just love it!  I love reading and I love helping authors out by reviewing their work.  I get SO excited when I get an email from an author asking me to do a review for them.  For a new blogger, it’s promotion!  It’s like you think, “God is using me!  I am doing more than just writing to encourage people! God is using me in other ways too!”

But, the problem with that is…those things can become that bright, shiny object.  You know…I am a girly girl and I love shiny, sparkly things!  Glitter?  Yeah…I am all about it!!  I am attracted to it!  So, when an author contacts me and asks me to do a review for them I get excited!!  It’s what I have been wanting to do!!  But I look at my plate and next thing I know, I have five books to review and another author will contact me and I’ll be like “YAY!!  Yeah I’ll do it!!”  It looks good.

Bright, shiny object.

But what happens with those things that look good is they will eventually make us feel overwhelmed.  They will bog us down so that we don’t have time to write.  We get caught up in creating things to help our blogs earn money so that we can do what we love, blogging, full time only to find out we spend so much time trying to earn the money to blog and be home with our families that we stopped blogging about the things we wanted to write about in the first place!  We become distracted from what we felt called to do in the beginning.
Bright, shiny object.

We become distracted from what we felt called to do in the beginning. Bright, shiny object. #blogging Click To Tweet

You see, the thing about these bright, shiny objects are…they are good!  Trying to earn money to support your ministry is good!  Trying to help new authors out is good!  Creating things to help new bloggers is good!  Satan is not going to move us with the blatantly bad.

Satan is not going to move us with the blatantly bad. #temptation #blogging Click To Tweet

You see…Satan knows I am in a place where he is not going to be able to distract me with obvious temptations or temptations that are overtly bad.  He can’t get me to move away from what I am doing with obvious attacks.  For instance, Satan will never be able to tempt me to go rob a bank!  But what he DOES do is dangle that bright, shiny object in front of me.  It looks GOOD.  It looks GODLY.  And I will jump at it because it does look good!  It APPEARS to be something I should be doing.  Why shouldn’t I be creating things to help new bloggers learn the lessons I learned and still learn every day?

Bright Shiny Objects - Not Losing Your First Love: How to avoid falling into distraction when blogging www.living31.org/bright-shiny/

It is not what I started blogging for…that is why.  I started blogging for an audience of one.  I started blogging for that one person who could be encouraged by my story.  I started blogging to help one person feel like they matter to God.  I started blogging to help lead one person to Christ.

I started blogging for an audience of one. #christianblogger Click To Tweet

All these other things are good things…I am not saying I shouldn’t do them.  I am saying that Satan works in the excess department.  He can distract us with TOO MUCH.  This week I felt myself not even want to sit down and write because I was SO TIRED.  I am looking at the stack of reviews I need to get done and I am wondering where I will find the time!  I had the best of intentions…but then life happens.  My dog gets sick and must go to the vet three times in a week.  My birthday rolls around and my family makes plans for it.  Life happens along the way and we quickly find out we overcommitted and didn’t leave time for those things life throws our way.
Chasing bright, shiny objects doesn’t leave time for life’s little extras.  Too much of a good thing!!

Chasing bright, shiny objects doesn’t leave time for life’s little extras. Too much of a good thing!! Click To Tweet

Jesus in Revelation spoke to the Church at Ephesus and told them that he knew their WORKS, their LABOR, their PERSEVERANCE…BUT…He had one thing against them…they had left their FIRST LOVE.  He recognized they did it all for HIS name’s sake…but that they became focused on other things rather than their first love.

 

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;  and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:2-4 (NKJV)

 

My first love was writing for that audience of one.  But works…labor…reviewing books, creating info for new bloggers, creating giveaways for subscribers…it all took away from my first love.

He had one thing against them…they had left their FIRST LOVE! #christianblogger Click To Tweet

So, what do I do?  How do I balance those things I WANT to do along with those things I feel called to do.  Prayer.  I have learned now that I need to stop and pray about each and every opportunity, each and every idea, each and every group or board..before I commit to it.  When I feel God is giving me the nod to move forward, then and only then will I accept.  I can’t go wrong when I let Him lead my ministry.  I had taken it over.  It is His…He is CEO.  So now He gets to make the decisions.

I can’t go wrong when I let Him lead my ministry! #jesus #ministry Click To Tweet

Bright, shiny objects are still what I love….I will just love it in moderation now and with God’s approval.

Worth Beyond Rubies www.living31.org/christian-blog

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22 Comments

  1. I love this! I just got off the phone with my mentor and she told me He is the CEO. Then I saw your post...Thank you for sharing truth.

  2. Diane, thank you for the transparency in your post today. I like bright, shiny objects too!
    Perhaps rethinking the idea of the format for your book review blogging will help shorten the time spent.
    - Not every review or spotlight needs a giveaway.
    - autiomate - if you create a form that has pre-determined choices you fill in e.g. star rating (scale 1-5), content meter (sweet to preachy), life issue addressed (trust, perseverance, arrogance), plot (unique to predictable) you can simply put a tic mark to ones that apply and then maybe add a one sentence comment box addressing that one person you want to reach: "When Chloe finally decided to swallow her pride and submit to God's prompting in her heart, she realized His plans were more magnificent than hers would ever be."
    My .02 cents. :-)

    • Those are awesome suggestions!!! In fact I just did a review today that was a form review and I loved it!! It made it so easy!! I am definitely taking your advice!!! Thank you so much!!

  3. Diane...Thank you for this!! I am finding myself in the same boat...Taking on too much and not having time to clear my head for writing!!!!

    • It's so easy to do because blogging involves so much!! Thank you for commenting! It's good to know others feel the same!

  4. This is definitely a struggle! As a fairly new blogger I'm still defining my niche/first love and figuring out what else fits.

    • I find it constantly evolves in the beginning. I've changed themes twice and I'm still trying to find my niche!!

  5. I'm guilty of this! So guilty!

    I've volunteered for book launches and have become overwhelmed. Also been an ambassador for a certain program that I should have said no to. I think it can be a good thing to say no and to take into account what the Lord would have us to put on our plate!

    • Amen to that!! Saying no sometimes makes me feel bad, like I will let someone down...but I think they'd be more let down if I accept and can't give it my all. No one will object if we ask for time to pray about it! Thanks so much for commenting!!

  6. Yes! Writing has so many distractions involved with it. I love your emphasis on writing for an audience of one at the end. I find I have to pray frequently to stay focused on my goal.

    • Lauren you are so right...I got bogged down today and didn't get my "normal" prayer time...and I felt like I was in such a fog all afternoon. It really does make a difference in our focus!! Thank you!!

  7. Thanks for this important reminder! Writing for an audience of one and not leaving our first love...so good.

  8. I needed this, thank you Diane!

  9. You are so spot on! It's so easy to get distracted with the process of blogging! Thanks for the visual..not I can see something and think nope..that's bright and shiny!!

  10. This is all too true, and Satan is so subtle in his movements, we must always be on our guard!

  11. Dear Diane, your post really hit the mark! It's heartening for me to see that I'm not the only one who is tempted by the bright and shiny objects. What makes it really encouraging is that, as women of God, we ultimately realize and embrace that we, and our missions, are uniquely designed for our time, place, and the experiences we bring to it. Thank you for creating a place where we can affirm each other in our journeys .

    • Thank you so much for the wonderful comments Alice. I am so happy it has helped someone!! Blessings to you!!