When I catch myself performing, I think of these words written by Paul, and I am instantly humbled.
I’m obviously not trying to flatter you or water down my message to be popular with men, but my supreme passion is to please God. For if all I attempt to do is please people, I would not be the true servant of the Messiah.Galatians 1:10
I believe that my words are inspired by God, but I’ll be honest and say that I have on occasion given in to comparison. I compare because I think what I have is not polished enough — I don’t have the right theme, my template is boring, the images are not visually appealing, the font is too all over the place, and so forth. I get caught up in the frills, and forget the message. I dwarf my output by looking at what others are doing, instead of seeking God, and asking for guidance and inspiration.
I get that there is an algorithm to this whole social media thing. One that is designed to push for a reel of continuous content in order to be visible, and remain relevant. I just couldn’t hang y’all. It was all together too much…
…and so I took several steps back. Which we all need to do at points, to recoup, renew and refresh. Please don’t deny yourself that.
This is why it is so important to 1) know your why, and 2) remind yourself of your why.
Have honest conversations with yourself. Why am I doing this? If I get only 2 likes, will I stay the course? If I get 1 million likes, will my content remain true to who I am?
In my case, none of it is about putting on a show, and even if I manage to give a star performance every single time, it is futile if it does not please God. I want it all. I do, I really do, but what will it profit me if I gain the world and lose my soul? |Mat 16:26|. Am I willing to lose myself for the sake of popularity? Issa no for me. A big fat one.
So here is my challenge to you. Know your why, and in whatever space you occupy, never forget your why. Your why is the resolve you’ll need to keep pushing when there is external resistance, minimal traction, or zero creative juice. Your why (especially when its tied to God), will also keep you rooted when you hit the jackpot. Trending is great and all, but it peaks and then disappears. You, you want staying power. So why not plug into your purpose, and be unapologetically you?