I hit publish on 6 posts and considered the hard part over; but making my blog live created more work than I anticipated. My to-do list grew out of control, full of “must do” tasks for a blogger. Being completely wrapped up in the blogging world, it didn’t take long for me to start constantly checking statistics: how many page views? comments? likes? follows? repins?
God saw the path I had taken and sent me a message, “It’s not about you!”
First the message showed up in my daily Bible reading:
“On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts”. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Next in my devotional:
“Like Israel, we should realize it is not just about us and our being blessed and having it good; if we are blessed, it is so we might be a blessing and God would be glorified.” -Jerry Rankin
Finally, a lesson in a blogging course about how everything David did honored God.
“This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46
The same message three times in 48 hours; God had my attention.
Even though I set out with the best intentions to glorify God, I got sucked into our self-absorbed society, where number of likes, follows and “friends” equates to self-worth. I sought validation from other people instead of from God. My hard work aimed at pleasing other people, instead of pleasing God.
So quickly my work changed from being all about God to being all about me. But God called me to this work. He wanted it done right.
As my focus turned back to glorifying God, I relied on four daily steps to keep it from becoming all about me again.
4 Daily Steps For Glorifying God:
- Make time with God non-negotiable. Start every day with a devotion, prayer, and time reading your Bible. If you aren’t a morning person, schedule your God time later in the day, but don’t skip it. Even if you don’t spend a long period of time with God in the morning, I encourage you to at least start your day with a prayer. Check out this post for a short but powerful morning prayer.
- Remind yourself who you really work for. The Bible tells us to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). It becomes easy to get self-absorbed thinking we are working for ourselves. However, when we view our work as being for God, our motivation changes, and our focus remains on glorifying God. Your reminder can be anything, a sticky note on your computer, a pop-up message on your phone; be creative.
- Evaluate your to-do list and prioritize tasks. Go through your to-do list and ask yourself, does this task glorify God? Is it in line with his purpose for me? If the answer is no, it gets moved to the bottom of the list, or crossed off completely. Just remember, God has given you many roles (wife, mother, professional, friend, etc.), and fulfilling each of those roles glorifies God.
- Stop trying to please people. This one is a game changer. Let go of everything others think you should do and focus solely on what God wants you to do. So much peace can be found by keeping your focus on pleasing God and not people. (Read more about it here).
I like what John the Baptist says in John 3:30: “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.”
John understood it was all about Jesus, which meant it couldn’t be about him. His following actually needed to decrease so Jesus’ would increase.
Let’s take the same approach, decreasing the focus on ourselves, and increasing the focus on God.
How do you keep your focus on glorifying God? I would love to hear from you.