How big is your world?
I love that WordPress gives yearly statistics on my Blog. They don’t share who reads but instead a list of countries and the number of “hits” per country for that blogging year.
Now, I don’t write so that others will read it; I just like to express myself through writing and it helps me process..but I am always aware that since this is a social media platform that it is visible and there is the possibility that it will be seen. It can be seen, but until recently it hasn’t. In fact, I have been blogging for ten years on this site, and never had over one or two hits a year.
Sometimes we think what we do doesn’t matter or that we don’t touch anyone in any way through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc…but looking at the list of the nations I am reminded that everything we put on social media or speak out of our mouths wherever we are…goes out there and has some effect. These “hits” represent people that were searching for something and landed on my website. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, that is a pretty sobering thought. I need to be as careful about what I write and share, as what I speak and even think. You do too. The world is searching and they are watching, reading, and listening and you may not even know it….until after the fact. Do my words represent Jesus well? Do they share the Gospel? Are they loving and encouraging words? Do my words and thoughts line up with Philippians 4:8?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8
My Pastor often says that we may not be able to go into all the world, but each one of us can all go into all of our own world. I never dreamed my world was so vast and I am reminded of some of the scriptures I have prayed so many times. Scriptures like:
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. ~ Isaiah 6:8
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. ~ Psalm 2:8
Since I began praying these scriptures, I have had the privilege to personally go to Romania, Haiti, and Tanzania on Mission Trips. What a blessing. I worked for a season at a local food pantry sharing the gospel and praying with the people that came there. Incredible times of ministry. These are all very real mission fields but the majority of my days seem to have little to do with missions and sharing the Gospel but instead looks more like me studying and writing and learning it for myself. I have often wondered why “waste” so much time making sure my writing and the look of a website was pleasing for my audience of “me?” Maybe, God put that desire there?
When we “sit” and wait on His calling to spring forth in some BIG way, we sometimes miss what God is doing in small ways. We sit and sometimes think maybe God said “no” to our prayers or that He wants us to wait longer and prepare more, or maybe we think He isn’t answering our prayers at all because it doesn’t happen in our timetable or as we expect. I didn’t expect this but look at the nations listed in my report -in order of the number of “hits” received for this past 12 months. Twenty-two nations…all over the world.
United States of America, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Malaysia, Spain, Philippines, Indonesia, France, Sweden, Chile, Cambodia, Taiwan, Armenia, Japan, Colombia, Canada, Romania, Algeria, Moldova, Rwanda, Austria
Only God knows His plans, and only God knows where the seeds you are sowing (whether they be good or bad seeds) are falling and taking root. Maybe these are just words on a page but they are out there going, going, going. I can honestly say, I had no idea. What an eye-opener!