I’m sure there are sometimes strangers who happen to read my blog. Some might even subscribe and read it regularly. I really don’t know. But I do have at least some sense of the traffic, and the vast majority of the readers are friends of mine — people I actually know in the flesh. I have never attempted to monetize the blog or appeal to a large audience. Even the brief interactions I’ve had with readers that were purely digital acquaintances have not been edifying. For thirteen years I’ve used this blog as a devotional (reminders of truth for myself most of all), and also as a way to share and document stories and illustrations. Still, it is a bit ironic for me to write the following: we are not made to live in a social media world.
I’m more convinced of this every day. We don’t have the capacity to carry all those burdens or even to celebrate all those joys. We are made in God’s image, but we do not share His omniscience. Our capacities are limited. We used to just live almost exclusively in tight-knit communities, but now have access to updates on the whole world. With technological advances we can instantly know about injustices or tragedies on every continent. We can know about them but we can’t solve them. And I find myself spending too much time on social media, too much time just knowing. I need to spend more time doing, even if it’s just in my little circle.
How well are you loving your little circle?
Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35. Social media can keep us connected and informed, but mostly we need to love one another in the flesh. It’s how we demonstrate we are Jesus’ disciples.
Hope you get to love on your circle this weekend.
P.S. We give to various ministries and have three Compassion kids. I am not suggesting that we can do nothing about needs and injustices around the world. I am just saying that I need to focus more of my time on my in-the-flesh community.