Recently, a friend texted me a link to an article on Beth Moore’s blog about personal branding.
This article was a response to how Beth made a few comments on Twitter and then found herself in the midst of strong opinions and backlash from the industry that is the Christian book publishing world.
Maybe you don’t know (or really even care) about the publishing world and this article would be a waste of your time. I get that. That’s why I’m giving you my Starr-cliff-notes version. Keep reading, this is GOOD, I promise.
What I want you to get are these 3 points from Beth’s words that GRABBED at my heart and haven’t left since I read them on Sunday afternoon.
#1 – We are all addicts, and Satan knows this about our human nature. We all want to be known. Seen. Heard.
“He’s shockingly patient and scheming because the same approach doesn’t work across the board. He studies us, knowing that all humans by undisciplined-nature are addicts. All he has to do is figure out what kind of crack to put in your pipe and the seduction is on.
The seduction we’re talking about here is being known. Seen. Heard. To be worshipped would be the ultimate but that may be too obvious. The sickest part is that we’re being intoxicated into thinking that all of this is to make Jesus known. Self-promotion becomes justifiable as the means to the end-goal of Jesus-promotion.
It’s not working. It’s never going to work.”
Who hasn’t gotten themselves into something they felt God was leading them to do and then somehow twisted it to be all about me, me, me??? This happens all the time and it’s a super fine line to balance. The devil knows that and uses it against us, turning our good intentions into complete disasters.
#2 – Social Media can be like sitting at a bar and it’s easier than you think to become an alcoholic. Some of us should quit or go into rehab.
“I’m going to keep trying to live a tiny sliver of my life out there on social media in hopes Jesus will be evident in my teaching, relating, writing, dialoguing, mothering, grandmothering, friending, suffering, questioning, laughing and crying. And I’m going to plead with God every morning to help me die to my own rotting flesh and live in His Spirit and not misuse my big mouth. And I’m going to try to sit at this social media bar for a few minutes every day without becoming an alcoholic. If I can’t do it, I’m going to quit. Or at least go into rehab. Because this place is deadly.”
Wow. Just wow. Good stuff. Who hasn’t been the victim of mindless scrolling on Facebook and then wondered, “Whyyyy did I just waste all of that time on nothing????” Or, put something out on social media that was taken the wrong way and had to find yourself in the midst of an angry war?? Me. It can be d e a d l y.
#3 – We may have to settle for being unknown.
“This is what I know for certain. It would be unspeakably better for us to drop into obscurity than sell our souls. We may have to make the biggest sacrifice in our entire social media culture: we may have to settle for being unknown.
3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10″
Would we really be okay with being unknown?
Would it be OKAY if no one “likes” our post on Facebook? Would it be OKAY if we don’t have a massive following on Instagram?
That’s a hard pill to swallow, especially in a society that breeds self-centeredness, notoriety and personal success.
It’s just like that scripture up there says: as unknown, and yet well known. (2 Cor 6:9)
Yes, we may have to settle for being unknown here on earth. But think about how God uses the unknown.
There may be 1 person you influence today with your words or actions. And God’s plan could be that your purpose was to change the path of that 1 life forever – for eternity – through letting Jesus Christ shine through what you say and what you do.
1 person. Eternity.
Lord, work in me today. Help me be aware of my addictions for fame, my proneness to sit at the social media bar and my urge to be known. Help me have truthful speech in all things. Bring me back to You each day so that I may be filled with Your Spirit to do what You have called me to do – nothing more and nothing less.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
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