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.
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?
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!!
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.