Tuesday, March 7, 2017
"Stats" That Matter
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
As I post this, I am five days into my "fast" from Facebook. I must admit, being absent from social media feels awkward at first, but I'm finding I haven't missed it in the ways I imagined I would.
But I'm missing it. Greatly. And for a very selfish reason.
When I feel God urging me to renounce Facebook for Lent, it never occurs to me, in my hubristic state of mind, that traffic to Meditations of My Heart would be affected. Mind you, I'm not one of those bloggers who constantly checks for "stats" on my most recent posts, but the difference between posts shared on Facebook and ones not shared is staggering.
This leaves me feeling depressed, discouraged, and not a little disgruntled and dismayed. Lord, I heard You loud and clear. You asked me to forego Facebook for Lent. I have. Now look what's happened! I thought You wanted me to reach more people for You through my blog. So what's this all about??? Lord, I'm angry, I'm disappointed, and I don't understand.
And suddenly, in the midst of my fuming, whining, unbecoming temper tantrum, I hear: Martha, what is the blog really about? Me? Or you?
I'm floored. In the very season where I vow to engage in a closer walk with my Father, I realize I'm off and racing down the crooked path of my own perception. Instead of trusting in God's timing and understanding, I lean upon my own, choosing the reaction of people over His to my efforts.
It's time to regroup, to confess my sin to my loving God, and submit yet again to His mighty and perfect will for me.
Because the only stats that matter are the accolades and praises and thanksgiving I give to Him each day.
May the words of my mouth and the Meditations of My Heart ever be acceptable in the sight of my Father, who will keep my paths straight when I lean upon Him.
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