The Simple Things

272ed4054d35370eed43bbc6436b3cf9Four years ago I started my first blog: Walking by Faith. Like most of my endeavors, I started strong; long posts, countless unfinished drafts awaiting final words, endless hours of formatting as I attempted to tackle the huge learning curve involved in creating and maintaining a “hit” blog.

I spent hours talking to my husband about the name. I wanted something catchy, something that readers would remember. I wanted pictures and fun things to click on, links galore and guest contributors. I daydreamed aloud until my hubby finally said, “Jennifer, stop talking and just start writing. Worry about the bells and whistles later.”

Oh… but talking is just so much easier than writing and daydreaming is just so much easier than doing.

I kept up my enthusiasm for a while and I coasted along on the compliments of a few devoted readers.

It wasn’t long before I started to realize that the blogging world requires a lot of hard work, persistence, and a constant presence on social media not to mention the absolute necessity of intriguing content. Admittedly, I became sad when I saw my peers in the blogging world succeed while my own platform stagnated. Combine that with a few negative comments here and there and I wanted to give up entirely.

It wasn’t long before the enemy came in with all sorts of lies. You’re too lazy to ever succeed. Your life is boring and your content will be, too.  You want to write a book, huh? Well, your platform is non existent because no one even reads what you write. 

I started believing those things about myself and I shut down; defeated and convinced that blogging just wasn’t my thing.

One day, while I was sitting on Mikayla’s bedroom floor, helping her put socks on, this scripture came to mind:

“But Godlines actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” 1 Timothy 6:6

I paused and thought for a minute.

I suddenly recognized the beautiful simplicity of sitting on the floor helping my 2 year old with her socks. I was exactly where I was supposed to be. No one was watching. I wasn’t waiting for a pat on the back or a compliment on a post well written. I wasn’t counting my “likes” or checking my stats and yet I had the undivided attention of the most important One in the entire world.

And I felt His approval.

And I felt content.

I was living in the “now” taking pleasure in the moment rather than condemning myself over my lack of accomplishments.

Godliness with contentment…

Have you ever wondered why life is filled with simple moments? Maybe they have more dimension than we think.

That day I realized that most of God’s children won’t actually be rock stars or Hollywood icons or celebrity pastors. And that’s ok because God also treasures a quiet life lived in daily obedience to His will and joyful contentment in all circumstances.

Heaven’s celebrities are earth’s no names.

But I won’t be looking for them when I get there…

It’s ok if I never publish a book, finish grad school, speak to an audience of thousands or make the blogging hall of fame. And…it’s ok if I do.

Am I content today? Am I doing the will of God right now? Am I at rest in the Beloved? Am I pursuing Godliness and resting close to the heart of the Father? Can I succeed in this life and yet go unnoticed by the crowd?

God says I can.

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5 Responses to The Simple Things

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  2. Erika Thristino says:

    Great perspective!


  3. Lori Smith says:

    Amen, Jenn. Great wisdom in this!
    Sorry you can’t make it to the conference tomorrow. Will miss you.
    Blessings, Lori


  4. Zack says:

    Great perspective! Although the destination is often the driver of the road trip, it’s the entire journey that makes the story worth telling.

    “Life is a story. All of it. From left to right.” —N.D. Wilson


  5. Delilah DeJesus says:

    Amen simplicity we forget to be happy where we are at at times thats because we are so focused on other peoples lives and secretly envy where they are at and we just end up looking down on ourselves and start having pity parties its a horrible cycle we have to put to an end we have to learn to love who we are and where we are we are right where God wants us and he presents an open door before us we must not fear walking through it


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