Are You Living For The ‘Like’ Button?

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 petty 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. Remember it isn’t about man’s approval. 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

I had to remind myself of this old post and I felt someone else might appreciate this reminder too.

Thanks for reading🙂

34 thoughts on “Are You Living For The ‘Like’ Button?

  1. krissy

    You are definitely right!Stop pleasing the people but please our Abba father. I kinda relate in what you have said that you wanted many followers in your blog since God leads you to it, but our expectations didn’t meet. Until we will only attract those followers if we are empowered byHoly Spirit that gives Glory to God, not to uplift ourselves. Nice post! God Bless 🙂

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  2. Melina Johnson

    One of life lesson for me ;”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?” Seek Always to please God . Thanks Efua.

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  3. God's Warrior

    Once again you have written an inspiring post that reflects exactly how I am feeling. When I started this blog 3 months ago in July, I created my blog for the sole purpose of impacting the lives of others and giving them a biblical perspective on situations that happen in our lives.

    However, there have been times where my need for approval and recognition from others has caused me to adapt the “like for a like” mentality and I have seen how that has affected my writing. Now, I am continuing to remind myself of the original reason why I created my blog in the first place and now; thanks to God and His Word, I am able to impact the lives of people all across the globe.

    This need for approval and recognition however can lead us down a path of self-pride that can ultimately be our “downfall” in the blogosphere. I recently looked at a YouTube video by Pastor Robert Madu that talks about Pride.

    You should give it a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdO0MgPtkI4 .

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    1. “This need for approval and recognition however can lead us down a path of self-pride that can ultimately be our “downfall” in the blogosphere.” So much truth in this sentence. The beginning of our downfall is when we become approval led instead of Spirit led. I will check out that video. Thanks again for taking time to read and comment. Continue to allow God use you to shed light in this dark world.

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      1. God's Warrior

        I will and I also commented on your post: Guard your Faith. It truly was an encouraging post. Likewise, continue to let God use you to impact the world.

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  5. Yes, I agree that we should focus on pleasing God in our write-ups than on seeking approval of men. At the same time, I feel that the feedback we receive on our posts lets us know that someone has seen, is reading or being touched by them.

    Does that mean we should be discouraged if no one is liking our posts? No! But it might be a suggestion that we might not be hitting the target. In that case, we should finds ways to improve on our game. That way we would be serving God better as well.

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    1. Another good way to see it. Thanks for this and I agree. What I was trying to point out here is the obsession of constantly refreshing stats or posts to see how they are doing. The danger of this is that the focus shifts from God to us. Does this make it clearer?

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  6. Awesome post! I have so found myself in this same trap over and over. I don’t know why we attribute so much of our worth to how many likes our post receives. It doesn’t make sense, yet I have done it over and over! Thanks for the great reminder!

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  7. Amen Efua, this is why I love the fact hat I can comfortably not blog for 3 weeks and not care lol. If I need to rest I will, if I got other stuff to do that will come first, and when I write again awesome. I feel so strongly about something in your post – “Stop writing to attract and impress people. Write as you are led by the spirit. This is when you are pleasing God.” A big AMEN. This I believe gets to the heart of it.

    Clearly having 3000+ followers means nothing if posts are regularly only getting 20 likes. Building your blog/identity around the like button will never end well. There is no point.

    Thanks for sharing truth

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    1. Amen! I use to feel the pressure to post all the time in order not to loose followers. But not anymore. I didn’t like the pressure I was putting on myself and to be honest it got to a point where my quiet time with God was mainly so I could get something to share. My motive shifted to a wrong place. Thank God for redirection. I still sometimes find myself sliding to this danger zone. But I try to refocus on the reason I blog once I realise my motive has changed.

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