“Be careful what you ask for,” they say. They’re right!
I participated in a SITS (the Secret is In The Sauce) “Comment Love” challenge for bloggers a few weeks ago. We had five days to comment on 75 blogs and potentially receive 75 comments. Yeah.
A week later, Embrace the Struggle had its SITS day, which showcased the blog to a large number of bloggers who visited, commented, and followed.
Part of me was exhilarated. The other part was exhausted. And wondering: “Okay, now what?“
When I first started blogging and nary a comment appeared on my posts, I was despondent. Why put so much effort into something that no-one seemed to want to read?
Buoyed along by the dream of “If you build it, they will come,” I plugged away at blogging until, finally, I started receiving the responses I had anticipated.
But a funny thing happened on the road to “more.” More interaction meant more time devoted, not just to writing, but to the other aspects of blogging. This thing is WORK! Clearly I hadn’t read the fine print.
I didn’t want to play the numbers game, consumed by SEO scores and Google Analytics, increasing my presence on social media in order to gain followers, and endless commenting on other blogs.
So… I’ve been noticing some backpedaling among several of my blogging buddies, and in me, too: blogging breaks, scaled-back blogging schedules, slower response times, less social media involvement.
I get it, totally. As much as we love the camaraderie, the friendly banter, and the encouragement, at some point we all have to ask: “Okay, now what?” And unless there’s an overwhelmingly compelling response, we have to pull out the microscope and examine our motives.
I get attached to people, projects, and causes–all of which have merit–although His desire is for me to be attached to Him.
I want my heart to be sufficiently open and obedient that God can sear into it the truth that I am accepted in Him. Full stop. I won’t let satan trip me up with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Rather, I’ll let God set me free from likes and comments and retweets and shares and follows and …
It’ll be an interesting six weeks, which I pray will be the beginning of a lifetime of being set free from attachments. Instead, I want to attach myself, Velcro style, to the One who truly does set us free.
I’m Alison, and I’m preapproved by God. His validation is more than enough. He will never reject me!
Thanks, Jennifer Lee, for allowing God to birth The Love Idol Movement in your heart. I’m excited to read Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval–and Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes.
Friends, don’t sleep on this book; it comes out on April 1.
What are you giving up for Lent, if anything? What Love Idols might God want to reveal to you?