God may call us to one or many things as we journey through life. However, most times, these callings come with some unforeseen challenges.
We all want to know we have purpose and we take great delight in the idea that God desires to use us. Yet when faced with these challenges, we tend to want to question our ability to fulfill our God-given purpose. We may even question if the call is truly from God or not. Sometimes these challenges make it difficult to stay the course and run the race to which we have been called.
I often think that God does not call us to anything that is “easy”. I believe he purposely does that to chisel us out of our comfort zone and work at us to transform us into his image. I also believe he does it so we take no credit for our accomplishments. That way he alone receives the glory.
So it is in the blogging world. Many have and will continue to embrace the call to the writing ministry. For some, this call is courageously accepted with enthusiasm, while for others, as it was with myself, the approach is more with caution or even fear. These feelings I shared several months ago here.
But despite our approach, as we move forward in this ministry, it is likely that we will come face to face with a few ups and downs. We may find our self struggling with finding the right niche, getting reader interaction or even writing quality content. I continue to struggle with driving traffic to my blog. Because of this, I have had many moments of discouragement and yes, it makes it difficult, at times, to stay the course.
There are a surplus of blogs and articles that are readily available to teach us the ‘how tos’ and the ‘do nots’. Often we work hard to follow these instructions and guidelines from the experts and many times it works. Still, there are moments when we require something more.
Sometimes we just need someone to affirm us! Sometimes we need some encouragement.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13
Julianna Keck over at http://boundless.org wrote a beautiful article called The Power of Encouragement. This is what she says
“…encouragement makes the Christian life sweeter. As Christians, we’ve been given a high calling. We are set apart as faithful servants of Christ, to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to be agents of change and restoration in our broken world…and we are image bearers of Christ to the world through our love for one another.”
I so agree with her. And I believe her words are true for the ministry of blogging and life in general. Though blogging is a personal ministry, it is one that still requires corporate support and encouragement.
No matter what stage we are at, we can all use some encouragement. But for those of us who are just starting out, encouragement and support can be a life jacket to the drowning man. When encouragement is missing we are more prone to feel unloved, unimportant, overlooked or useless. However, when we encourage each other we give hope, we bring joy and we pave the way for perseverance. When we encourage one another we are reminded that God loves us. We are reminded that we have value and we are not alone on our journey.
I am grateful for those who have allowed God to use them in this capacity. Thankful for those who take delight in mentoring and pushing others forward on this journey. Extremely grateful for those who have allowed encouragement to flow freely from their hearts.
“We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.” George M. Adams
With all this been said, I am adding yet another challenge to the list. I am challenging us to commit to building someone up today. I am sure we all know someone who could use some hope or someone in need of a little joy in their life. Let us be a blessing to them today. We all live different lives, enduring our own personal struggles along the way. A word of encouragement could make a huge difference just at the right time. Each one of us have been called to do a work for the kingdom. And although each of us serve in our God-given purpose individually, we really all serve the same purpose.
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
Though God may choose to bless us for our obedience, in the end, it’s all about him, not us. So, as servants for the kingdom, may we learn to lift up and encourage each other to persevere on the journey. May we seek to express brotherly (sisterly) love as we exhort one another in Christ. Remember, our words have immense power. I pray we use them to build each other up because in so doing we will build up the kingdom of God.
Come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you!