For those of you unfamiliar with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday, the whole idea is to “Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.”
That’s harder than it sounds, folks. In this perfectionist world, where the grass is always greener on the other side – it’s hard to write for pure love of the words. But it’s totally worth it. And so today, we’re writing about…
Blogging is risky stuff. It takes guts to put yourself out there, to share your deepest heart and most honest opinion with the world. It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to criticism or – even worse – to being ignored.
But we take the risk. We risk being unheard for the sake of sharing our hearts. We risk being criticized for the sake of speaking truth.
It’s a hard thing, being vulnerable.
It’s even harder when we start comparing ourselves: Oh, there’s miss big name’s blog… I write just as good stuff, why don’t they follow me?
Oh, sure, miss fancy pants over there can afford to put all this money into her blog. No wonder everybody follows her.
There’s always someone greater. There’s always someone with a bigger following. Always someone more well-known in our circles (or our wanna-be-circles).
But you know what? As many big name blogs as there are – there’s always a smaller blog than you.
There’s always someone who’s feeling more vulnerable, who’s less in the reward stage and more in the risk stage.
Don’t you think they struggle? Don’t they need encouragement, maybe even more than you?
What if we didn’t compare ourselves? We ought to band together, us bloggers. We ought to be praying together, lifting each other up, encouraging each other.
Not playing one-upsmanship. Not feeling inferior.
Because nothing is small in God’s eyes.
And everyone needs a helping hand, a little encouragement on their way. And that’s not risky at all.
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