Be humble. Don’t try to impress others. Don’t be self-centered. Scripture is filled with messages such as these – reminders to put others first just like Jesus did. To not highlight ourselves. Our pastor preached on this on Sunday and I nodded along in agreement until he brought up the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘Social Media’. Then, I felt like he was talking directly to me. My ears perked up and as I often do, quickly felt like I was going to discover something I am doing wrong.
Really, though, it was just an opportunity to assess whether or not my intentions are right with Jesus or if they are right with the world. When I started this blog it was simply a way to share my photos with my family living in other states and a place to pour out my thoughts and experiences as a mother. As my photography has developed and I went through the period of using this blog for a photography business the shift changed a bit toward promoting my business. That’s logical … businesses need to draw people in.
But, I’m no longer in business, exept for teaching MME over at Clickin Moms and I hardly have to promote that at all since the name Clickin Moms draws people to that far more than my name ever would. Now, I do know I still blog for the same reasons I orignally did but also know there is more to it now, too. And have to check myself that self-promotion isn’t part of it.
I want to promote a life lived for Jesus, sharing the blessings we receive as obedient followers of Christ. And I want to promote how Jesus holds my hand through the struggles I inevitably face in this fallen world. I want to promote documenting the moments in this gift of life that slip away so quickly… the little moments in the day that are gone quicker than the duration of a blink. I want to promote a life that is focused on loving and educating our children and being 100% committed to the man I’ve married. I want to pomote that there is honor in staying home to raise our babies and to care for our home because these are gifts to be cherished. I want to promote studying photography and to share my knowledge on the subject. I want to promote a simple, unhurried, yet intentional lifestyle where I don’t go to bed at night feeling like I didn’t hug my children enough, visit with my husband enough, pray enough, breathe the fresh air enough, check in on friends enough, take in our view enough, or scratch my dog behind the ears enough. I do not want to promote me because I do not deserve promotion. Trust me. But these choices for our life that Jesus has led us to, they work. And our days really are filled with a lot of joy and happiness and conflict resolution and contentment and gratitude I want to promote that. Because they are choices we all can make and are gifts in response to following Him.
I want to always promote the right things, and not myself. Though, pride does seep in and I admit that I will get excited if the number of ‘likes’ on an image rise. There, too, on Facebook, I feel this pull to check my intentions. And that I think that is why I come back to blogging over and over again as my medium. I do not check my stats for this blog so outside of the few comments I get, I don’t know how many people are reading so that automatically keeps this space a humbling environment. Though, here as well, I do faulter.
I have received the sweet compliment regarding my photographs that “it looks like beautiful light follows you wherever you go!” and I while my response is always a smile and an explanation about how I watch for the light and choose not to take photos when the light is unflattering and yadda yadda … the truth is, yes, a beautiful light does follow me! And you! His name is Jesus, and I want to promote Him.
Thank you so much for reading and taking part in the stories of our life through this blog.