A couple of days ago, I shared a few of my internal struggles that I had when I first started out on Periscope. If you missed that, you can watch it here.
Today, however, I wanted to really focus on the key things that I opened my eyes to this need.
Warning: it would probably make more sense if you watch my replay first.
When I was depressed I didn’t want to go anywhere, I didn’t talk to anyone, and I kept myself isolated in so many areas of my life. I didn’t need to go out of my house for the most part because my classes were online. All of my school work, research, reports, and such were also online.
But just because I was depressed doesn’t mean I wasn’t on social media. I mean, honestly, if we’re on social media when we’re with our friends, all the more when we’re physically isolated from everyone else. You feel me?
Anyways, I stumbled upon Joyce Meyer and she was honestly the main reason I started getting fed spiritual nourishment daily. I wasn’t in a good place emotionally which eventually dragged me down spiritually and the fact that she had so many different and free resources in multiple formats made her teachings so accessible.
Side note: Did I mention again that it was all free? This is an awesome example of giving constantly before asking, for any faith based organizations out there. (You’ll also notice she’s got an awesome content marketing plan)
Alright, sorry, back to my story.
Her free content made me eager to watch everything I can to fill my head and heart with God’s truth. It gave me resources to fight the lies of the enemy with because we all know church on Sundays is nowhere near enough.
Listening to her constantly made me hungry for more. I started researching for other podcasts, videos, blogs, books and next thing you know, I went from having hardly any resources online for bible teachings to finding so much that it all inspired me.
After a while, I slowly started getting out of my shell and got connected with a couple of my friends again. Turns out, a lot of my age group weren’t aware of all the great multimedia available to hear God’s truth.
Can you believe that? I couldn’t. I thought I was the only one who didn’t know anything. Even more shocking, a lot of people actually really craved and wanted to see more good news in the media but just don’t know how to start. They didn’t know where to begin. They didn’t know where to go to find these resources.
And you know what I learned from that?
- Not enough of us brand ourselves to share God’s truth
- Not enough of us share other peoples’ content that speak of Him.
Instead, most of us just talk about the gifts He’s given us, the passions He’s stirred in our hearts, the desires we have within this world, or how hard we’re working and hustling. We talk about our flesh and the things that only last in this lifetime.
Ironically enough, we’ve placed so much emphasis on the things He’s given us but don’t bring nearly enough attention to the giver.We’ve placed so much emphasis on the things He’s given us but don’t bring nearly enough attention… Click To Tweet
To be honest, it really makes me sad.
I saw a lot of my friends hurting and needing the same kind of spiritual nourishment I did but instead what’s shoved into them is how they need to go to church.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe we all need to go to church. But like I’ve said above, church on Sundays isn’t enough to rid our hearts of the toxic things from this world for 6 days before it’s Sunday again. Yet social media is available 24/7 from their mobile device. What they need is for us to meet them right where they’re at.
‘Web 2.0’ is becoming one of the important factors in marketing our business. We spend so much time on our own promotions yet we never promote the One who really deserves it.We spend so much time on our own promotions yet we never promote the One who really deserves it. Click To Tweet
This is in no way meant to bash anyone, but here’s the truth.
It sucks to see people go through what I’ve gone through and want that hope that we all need but instead are bombarded with negative news, online bullies, constant sales and not enough God.
Why are we so afraid to be true to our God? Why are we so afraid to let our walk with God bleed into our whole life and stop trying to compartmentalize Him?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to full on write 20 blog posts about your faith with God, but why do we hide His name behind the words ‘church’, ‘purpose’, ‘calling’ yet never truly proclaim and give glory to God? Why don’t we use His name enough? Yahweh, El Shaddia, Jehovah Jireh. He identifies us by our name, but why don’t we do that for Him in our business?
Is it out of fear that we will offend other people? If it is and you’ve watched my Periscope, I totallyyyy understand. But here’s what He convicted me with..
By being embarrassed of Him, aren’t we kind of offending God instead?
Just a thought.
Now, our inner life is always going to be more important than our public life. A public life that screams ‘Jesus’ means nothing if we’re not really spending time with Him in our personal life. But when we really make Him the focus of our inner life, it will overflow into our outer life. Like water constantly being poured into a cup. Living water, that is. When that happens, we shouldn’t put it to a halt.
Let me make this disclaimer.
I’m not saying you have to shove God into everyone’s face. I’m not saying you have to make your whole blog about Him. In fact, I’m not even saying to yell it out. A gentle voice is usually the better way to go when it comes to people that are new to developing a relationship with Him.
What I am saying though is when He opens the opportunity, and He provides many, don’t be afraid to proclaim the good deeds He’s done in your life. Don’t be afraid to say His name.
This can be done in multiple ways. Blog posts are just one of the many many creative ways of letting Him be known in your life. But if blogging isn’t your sweet spot, then I’m sure you have your God given talents to use to share your testimony.
It can even be as simple as 140 characters of thanking Jesus on social media #Twitter. Or even creating a graphic with a verse on it to share with your followers.
I’m a firm believer that God created us to be creative in sharing the gospel.I’m a firm believer that God created us to be creative in sharing the gospel. Click To Tweet
Biblical truth, but still creative.
I want to encourage you: He doesn’t need you to make your life look perfect. He just needs you to share about Him.
Afterall, that’s part of being transparent right? We can be transparent about the things we’re doing, the behind the scenes of our business, the changes we’re making or how much income we’re getting but none of that really compare to being transparent about the work that Jesus is doing in our hearts. With my own experience and the things I’ve witnessed, I’ve learned being transparent about where our joy comes from speaks more depth than anything else. It’s more life changing than our business by itself ever will be.
Don’t hide the reason for your light.Don’t hide the reason for your light. Click To Tweet
There is someone out there who needs you to meet them right where they’re at. There’s someone out there that needs to hear your message, your story, your testimony while they’re scrolling through your blog or social media.
There’s someone out there who will be able to relate to you more than they would with someone else and your story will resonate with them more with your voice.
You will be the reason that they develop a stronger relationship with God if they already have one. If not, you will be the vessel God uses to bring them to salvation.
So go out today and intentionally share His love one way or another.
If you’re not sure where to start, you can always start with this. Jesus sees you, He hears you, and He loves you.Jesus sees you, He hears you, and He loves you. Click To Tweet