Seeing as this week and next week are my two Community Spotlight posts for Inside Cup, I thought this might be interesting to talk about.
It’s a special opportunity to put the light on others. To encourage and support what other people in our community are doing.
When 2018 started, I felt the word “community” on my heart. I had seen a few favorite bloggers of mine share community spotlights focused on one individual. I hadn’t seen a lot of people showcase many posts and bloggers at once, and I wanted to get the word out.
It’s almost been two full years in which I’ve had my Community Spotlight & Community Prayer Requests on Inside Cup. It’s almost been one full year that I’ve had Quotes from YOU, as well.
Problems From The Community Spotlights
Here’s the stuff you’re probably curious about…
On the community side, I noticed some people were searching for themselves on the list, and some seemed displeased if they weren’t found on the list.
This is why on my posts, a lot of the times, I say, “this isn’t to make anyone feel like they need to make this list.” As someone who, last year especially, I sought validation through others and numbers, I understand. It’s a hard habit/struggle to break.
My Own Struggles…
On my end, I could hear the accuser say, “You shouldn’t have the series because if people are looking at the posts for the wrong reasons, you’re purposely stumbling them.”
Fearing that I am stumbling up someone is something I struggle with. But God has helped me work on trusting Him and His truth over myself and “potential” worries or assumptions.
Should someone stumble, that’s not my fault. It’s not fair to take away the spotlight of others out of the fear people will look at the post for selfish reasons. Been there, sometimes, still struggle with it, too.
Then… the flesh side attacked me.
One thing to understand about any post you do as a blogger that involves others… it will take up your time. It can become tedious and you may want to give it up. If you’re like me, I didn’t start this series for myself. First, I started it for the Lord because these posts and bloggers give Him glory. Second, I started the series for my readers and the community.
This isn’t about me.
I’ve been burnt out before because I made reading posts of others a routine because I felt I HAD to. (I love reading people’s posts, but I want to share the problems of why I read in the past, as well. I felt I had to read posts consistently just so people would stay on my blog to keep following me, to comment, or to like my posts. Do you know how selfish this is? How damaging this thinking is?!)
Focusing on the community, instead of myself, has really helped me.
Let you tell you something. It is always the feelings BEFORE I start working that makes me wonder if I should stop. The thoughts before I start gathering the posts and bloggers together. However, as soon as I start, those thoughts and feelings vanish. I do not think that is a coincidence.
Satan will attack us in many ways. He will push us to be selfish and think only of ourselves. Our flesh will be encouraged to give into itself. “You’re too tired. Maybe do this next month? Just give it up, you’ve done it enough.” A sickening sweet lure that is so easy to believe and fall into.
There are absolutely times to give up series. But as a Christian blogger, we are not serving ourselves. It isn’t about us.
My second Community series, Quotes from YOU, was inspired because when I did the Alphabet Devotional (which, admittedly, I slacked on because I felt it was tedious) the community really enjoyed it. Looking back, the Alphabet series did really well. But because the “numbers” didn’t always compare to other posts there were many times I wanted to stop it. It was NOT a fine moment of mine. Again, really selfish of me.
However, despite my selfish motives, Jesus worked with me and taught me so much about the community. This year I have lower stats than I did last year, but I’m not really bothered by it!!! Which is SUCH a blessing! As I said, that alphabet series, stats alone, did fine. But since I was so focused on myself and seeking validation, what I received from others wasn’t enough. I don’t like that about myself. I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now.
The community gives me so much. God has really helped me focus on every individual, and because of that, perception has changed for me. Community Spotlights are the perfect opportunity for me to focus on individuals.
I know many people compliment me for doing the spotlights, but seriously, anyone can put the spotlight on others. We live in a world where kindness is considered going beyond the norm, and that’s horrible!
As a Christian blogger, I encourage you to give to your community. Depending on your readers and community, it may be a variety of things. Collaborate. Interviews. Spotlights. Shout Outs. Whatever.
Whenever you are struggling with something, give it to God. Are you struggling because it would be easier to give up what you’re doing? There are times to rest and to give up things. But more often than not our flesh will just fight us on it, and spiritual warfare will encourage our flesh to win.
(NIV) John 3:06, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
(NIV) Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Has God ever used something you didn’t want to do to speak to you?
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