To be human is to long for significance. To wonder things like, does my life really make a difference to those around me? Am I in the right job? Will I be remembered by my family and the world after I leave this life or will I be quickly forgotten? To be human is to ponder the big questions like, why was I born? What is my purpose in life?
In today’s world, significance is measured by social media status. How many followers do I have? How many likes did I get? How many people shared my post and who shared it? How many comments did I get? I’m guilty of falling into this trap and I suspect that you are too.
A few weeks ago I terminated my Facebook and Twitter accounts so I have no idea if anyone will even get this manna that I’m writing. The funny thing is that nobody has even asked me if I am still on social media. I’m not saying this to shame any of my social media “friends,” I’m saying this to prove a point. If you are looking for significance on the social media platforms it is a mirage, it’s not real.
Your true friends are the ones who will notice and care if you don’t call them anymore or stop by. Your true friends are the ones who know the real, unfiltered you, and they still love you. Your true friends are the ones who are not afraid to tell you when you are out of line, and who are the first to encourage you and be truly happy for any success that comes into your life.
I just checked and it looks like I have been writing out my heart and faith on manna and coffee for almost 11 years now. If you are curious, here was my very first post on April 16, 2010 Choking on Quail. I write these blogs mostly for myself. My prayer is that my courage to be vulnerable, and my feeble attempt to share my heart as I learn and walk with Jesus, will inspire or help even one person. There has been times over the years that I have wondered why am I still writing these blogs? Is it a waste of time? But just when I’m ready to let the website go and close the computer, someone says something that encourages me to keep writing. Thank you to those who have taken the time to encourage me over the years. You have no idea how much that has meant to me. When we take the time to encourage one another we put flesh on Hebrews 10:24, which says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
Dear friend, you are significant. You are significant not because of how many followers you have, or who follows you. You are significant because God says that you are significant in so many ways in His Word. You are so significant that your Creator came down from Heaven and took the life of a poor, blue-collared man, to show us what God looks like in the flesh. God showed us the way to greatness is not through fame and fortune, but through humility and love. God showed us that the best way to really live is to die to self and live for others. God showed us that the path to significance is found through a willingness to be thankful no matter what, and to live for His glory and not our own. I love you friend and I am praying that you and I will stop looking for significance in the world. Real significance is only found in Christ and Christ alone.
Dear Len , it’s easy to see — your faith is in Christ … I’m so thankful for you … your influence on family & friends is taking place , in a mighty way … ( staying Positive in a Negative World ) — by God’s Grace …
Love You, Dad — Don O’Rourke
Love you dad
I appreciate reading your posts. Some are confirming and others challenge my faith walk. I believe coming to Faith in Christ isn’t an event but a process and we are called to grow in our knowledge. Consider your efforts a tool for others to grow.
This recent post brought two thoughts to mind….1) The first line in the very successful book “A Purpose Driven Life” is…..” It’s not about you!” Of course you intend for your posts to be useful, informative, motivating. But once you hit the SEND button, your work is done. 2) How many people read or benefit from your posts isn’t a measuring stick any more than comparing the usefulness of a pastor of a small church versus the pastor of a mega church. Both are servants.
Keep the posts coming.
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I just love these Len – please don’t stop writing. Can I share and excerpt from this? God Bless you and yours, you are truly spirit driven.
Thank you Sherry. Feel free to share anything you want 🙂
Love you Len! Thank you for your heart for the Lord!
Thank you Denise!