This is weird. I haven't blogged this whole week. Google even asked me for my password again. And as much as I missed you all, I have enjoyed not looking at my computer for a few days.
It's nice to enjoy life sometimes. And the people around us. I think as bloggers, we often miss our priorities. Blogging at some point becomes competitive, materialistic, and fake. Competitive because for some reason there is a race to gain followers, materialistic because we often care only when there is something in it for us..aka: comment only when giveaways are offered, and in a sense fake, as we only share what we want seen.
In this week that I unintentionally took a break because of a hectic schdule, I began to think about this. And while I love this blog, and so enjoy sharing my life with you all, I really could focus on my personal life more.
On election day, I chose to fast for the day. I fasted food, so that every time I was hungry and craving food I would remember to pray for our nation, and from social media, so that the time I would waste looking at it, I could just reflect. It made such a difference for me. Just to focus on The Author and Finisher of my faith. The reason I am.
I thought of the important things. Loving people, helping people, making a difference for a person. My family, friends, and the values I want to grow in. Social media can really take a lot from us. It can make us compare ourselves, because really, whose life isn't perfect via photos. And mainly, it just takes time away from doing important things. Mind you, I love social media, that's not the point. The point is priorities.
What it came down to for me was this: if my husband passed away today, I know I would regret not spending that half hour I could have had with him that instead I spent blogging, or looking at Twitter...and when the time comes to stand before God, I hope I don't have to say that I was trying to gain followers for my blog and building my own kingdom while I could have been building His.
The money I spend on advertising, I could donate to better causes. The time I spend answering emails, I could be reaching out to my real life friends, loving them. The time I spend going through my social networks feeds, I could pray, read a book, edify myself. Whatever it may be. Let us just remember this is a hobby. And think of what's really important. And since we have started this hobby, let us make the best of it. Not to gain followers or win giveaways, but to support these fellow women all over the world in their daily lives.
As for me, I will try my best to stay focused, so one day I can say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. "1 Cor. 9:25