Oh the ‘like’ button (sigh)! How have we all fallen into your trick! You all know that feeling of constantly refreshing your blog stats to see if your latest post is being viewed and liked? Or that post you put up on social media to see if certain people in your life are liking your post?
The issue is this. What happens if your blog post hasn’t been liked by anyone? Do you ignite the flame of offense inside you? Don’t get me wrong, I love approval. There is a part of us all that yearns for approval. It’s good to know that people find your post good and inspiring. However let’s also remember that it isn’t always about the numbers. If God has placed it in your heart to post about something then do it and leave it there. That post might just be for one person and so long it ends up ministering to that person it is fine.
How about the pressure of wanting a lot of followers? I felt that pressure in my first month of active blogging (in March). I was expecting God to flood followers into my website since He led me to start this. The interesting thing was I struggled to get followers then when I wanted to be doing the ‘pursuing’ on my own. The day I decided to shift my focus from wanting to get or attract followers, God started leading people to my website. You see, that is the trick! Stop writing to attract and impress people. Write as you are led by the spirit. This is when you are pleasing God.
How about other social media platforms. I wonder how many relationships have been ruined just because one person isn’t liking the other’s post or pictures. Have you ever been in this position? Maybe not. Ok have you ever been tempted to feel this way? I guess i got a nod there. Well you are not alone. I have felt this way before. Funny how a grown up can start acting like a child just because of the ‘like’ button. The drama usually goes in this format. You put up a post, your closest friends don’t ‘like’ the post. Then you go back to view a couple of your past posts to see if they ‘liked’ those. If they didn’t, a war starts within you. Then you start ignoring their posts and pictures too. In other words ‘like for like’. How superficial and childish have we become? Isn’t it worrying how we can start up a battle towards someone just because of the ‘like’ button? It shouldn’t be so.
Stop living your life to please people. Seek to please God. That is what matters in the end. How beautiful and amazing will our lives be if we seek to please God as much as we seek to please people?
Don’t build your life around the ‘like’ button. If you do, you will end up being angry and miserable. Stop having a bad day because no one liked your post. Always think about the reason why you are doing what you are doing? Never lose sight of the bigger picture. Cheers to continuing being led by the spirit and not the flesh! 🙂
“Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” GALATIANS 1:10 AMP