This is a hard one, because it’s something I’m sure 99% of humanity struggles with. Especially in the digital age where social media dictates almost every aspect of our lives.
I don’t take in-person compliments very well. When people come up to me and say nice things like “you have such a beautiful singing voice,” or “thank you for your worship today; it really blessed me,” I usually force an ear-to-ear grin and awkwardly mumble “thank you,” because I’m not sure what to say. (Anyone who knows me knows I don’t say much at all anyway…)
But when I post a new blog and share it on Facebook, I probably check my phone at least 10 times in a 24-hour period to see how many views, likes, shares, comments, and private messages I’ve received. And unless it happens to get shared my my pastor (thanks Matthew Vander Els!) I assume it’s only being seen by a handful of people.
And sometimes, I find myself asking God, “why”?
“Why did you ask me to do this again? Is anyone even reading my silly blogs? And if so, who? Probably not the people I really want them to reach…”
As if this whole thing is about me and what I want.
How about I start focusing on who the Father wants to reach and how He wants to use me to accomplish His work? Isn’t that why I started this whole thing in the first place?
That brings me to a challenging question for us all: When we share our faith (and our entire lives for that matter) on social media, who are we doing it for? Are we doing it to feed our own vanity? If we’re looking for validation in video views, shares, comments, likes, or even in-person compliments, then we’re searching in all the wrong places.
Our true validation is found in the one who created us and calls us to carry out His work of bringing His Kingdom to earth.
This is day 15 in my 40 Days of Repentance series. Click here to read day 14.