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Fraud

I just discovered that this is my 350th post! Not a significant number, really. But 350 posts IS a lot!

I mentioned in an earlier post that we should not let things like the number of views or comments or anything of the sort to take the place of God. When we allow ourselves to become consumed with blog traffic we are not putting our focus on the right thing.

I feel like a fraud. Because lately I’ve been consumed with my blog traffic and why I’m not getting much feedback. I want this blog to be successful. So I have been trying to figure out what I can change to make it better.

I started a second blog to separate my bookish reviews/tags/posts from the posts I have on this blog. This blog is primarily about talking about my faith and Jesus and everything He has done for me. It’s also about reaching out to the lost and introducing them to the Lord.  

But I’ve become so obsessed with bringing in the views and comments that I lost sight of what truly matters. Is this blog REALLY reaching out to others? Am I REALLY showing Christ’s love to others?

I’ve let the idol of obsession with blog traffic take God’s place as #1 in my life. I am ashamed of this. I became so focused on my view counts that I’ve forgotten what this blog is all about. And it’s right there in my title: All You Need is Jesus. 

He’s all anyone will ever need. So why do we reject Him sometimes? He suffered for us, bled for us, died for us. Shouldn’t we be grateful that He took our place on that cross! He is the ultimate Savior.

In the end, the blog traffic won’t matter. In the end, we will ultimately stand before Christ and wait to hear one of two things: “Welcome, my good and faithful servant.” OR “Depart from me….I never knew you.” I don’t know about you but those words are so scary.

It says in Matthew 7:21-23:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

So why am I letting something as trivial as blog traffic affect my relationship with Christ?

 

 

10 thoughts on “Fraud

  1. I’ve found over the past two and a half years that I’ve been blogging on my current blog that I have to continually put my blog back in the Lord’s hands. It’s essential for me to do that because if I don’t, then I’ll start thinking all about my stats, whether I’m happy with them or unhappy with them, but neither mindset was ever my original goal. I started Dreaming of Guatemala to shine His love, and to be able to do that, I have to keep handing it back to Him. I wrote a post a while ago called ‘Learning To Be A Humble Blogger,’ where I opened up about my struggle with this.
    You’re not alone in losing sight of why you started blogging in the first place. *hugs* The Lord’s teaching us how to continually keep our eyes on Him. He knows we’re works-in-progress 💕

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    1. Thanks for commenting! It definitely is a struggle sometimes but I know with God all things are possible! I may wrestle with doubts and insecurities but I just need to put it in God’s hands!

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  2. I love the honesty of this post. So, a few blogger friends of mine post His Encouragement posts every Thursday. Our focus is to show the world encouragement through God and His perfect Word. I promise I do not care about stats. Most days I don’t even think about them. But for some reason, lately I care about them on Thursdays. I get so sad because I want people to see how awesome God is. The other day it was bugging me, but God put it in my heart to chill out. Even if there is only person who sees the post and reads the Bible verse I share that week, it’s enough. It’s enough cause God can do so much through one person. This truth has really helped me calm down about Thursday stats. 😀

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    1. I almost didn’t post this. I wrestled with my feelings about the topic. I wasn’t sure I wanted everyone reading my thoughts but I’m glad I did because it spoke to you!

      Thanks for commenting!!

      But I’m glad it spoke to you!

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  3. Really powerful message. And it’s good to be aware of it. We often make mistakes, we are human. That is kind of a default switch. But when we see those things, then we can make a choice to do better. As the Bible word you wrote, many of us thinks that we do good, but we don’t really listen to God’s voice.

    Since you want to do good with your blog then of course it would be great if it did really well. If we could choose to help one or one thousand people, at least I would like to help as many as possible. But be sure of your content. I think it is really interesting to read.

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  4. You are brave to share this. Very sincere and it is very much appreciated. We all tend to make mistakes like this but realising our mistake and getting back on the right track is important. Thankyou for sharing this and being so honest.

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      1. I am so glad you did, as a relatively new blogger I already find myself measuring the value of a post based on likes and have to consciously take my focus away from that. Nice to see that others feel that way and have to focus on the Lord and what He leads you to write.

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  5. I get it. I really do. I feel the Lord has made it clear to me to ignore likes and follows, and instead seek to follow His leading and write about what’s on my heart. It can be discouraging when numbers are low, but you never know when your post is read by a particular individual that God encouraged that day. They might not even give you a like, and you may never know. But God spoke to my heart one day and said, If one person is encouraged by what you wrote, something wonderful just happened. I have to agree. Blessings, Leigh! And keep writing!

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