Why am I writing this blog? I hope it is because the heart of God has touched my heart and I write with a passion which comes from Him. Or is it just one big ego-trip? Am I just motivated by a desire to make myself heard in a world with so many confusing voices?
Yesterday, I asked myself, “Why do I bother?” I spend about one day every week, researching material for my blog, and then committing it to the internet. Would it be better if I spent the time raising funds for world needs? Should I just relax, enjoy semi-retirement and leave the campaigning to others?
I started blogging in 2012, when I was in Sri Lanka. I received a lot of encouragement from friends and contacts and have been written 95 articles since: about every week. I have recently received some knocks and have to admit that I now feel somewhat discouraged. But is this signal that I should stop, or is it a difficulty to be fought and overcome? I am inclined to believe the latter.
I currently have 99 followers on WordPress, and the system sends an email to each of these ‘followers’ every time I publish a new entry. I also have a mailing list of 200 friends and contacts and I email them with a snippet of my post with a link to my published article. Unfortunately many of these emails do not seem to reach the intended person. The statistics show that only about 25% of these emails are actually read, There are various reasons for this:
- People change their email addresses quite often.
- The email address we have is not necessarily the main email address.
- We all get so many emails that we do have the time to read them all.
- Emails get stuck in the “junk mail” folder by over-protective email providers or programs.
WordPress statistics tell me that there have been 14,000 ‘hits’ on my blog, about 175 per week. What is a ‘hit’? A hit is an access to a single post. It does not, of course, indicate that an individual has actually read what I have written! How do these ‘hits’ originate?
- Links on emails that WordPress sends, or Mailchimp sends for me.
- Status updates on my Facebook to friends.
- Posts on my Facebook page: “Compassion and Justice”
- Shares on Facebook by blog readers.
- Google and other search engines. (Typing “RESULTS OF POVERTY” into Google have produced 3200 hits!)
Touching the heart of God
So let’s come back to the question: is it all worth it? Putting discouragement to the side, I really do believe that I have touched the heart of God. Or rather, that the heart of God has touched my heart. The words “compassion” and “justice” are two of the main characteristics of God. Billions of people throughout the world, oppressed by poverty, discrimination, disease and suffering – physical, emotional and spiritual are crying out for justice and love.
As a human being, I cannot comprehend how God can cope with all the situations that he sees. But I have to believe that because he is God, his ways are much greater than mine, and he is big enough to care about every single human being that has ever lived on this earth.
God does not align himself to any particular political party, religion, economic system or nation. But he does hate injustice and asks us to seek justice and righteousness in our dealings with our fellow-man. I am sure that at times I have upset some people who do not share my passion on certain issues. But although at times my views may coincide with a particular political view-point, I have no political agenda other than to see the Kingdom of God established here and now, among us in this world.
People sometimes ask, “Why does God allow so much suffering in the world?” Books have been written on this subject, and we have argued among ourselves seeking an answer, but I believe God would ask us the same question, “Why do YOU allow so much suffering in the world?” Most, arguably all, suffering in the world is man-made.
So what can I do? I am only one man and not a great verbal orator. Will I let discouragement prevent me from speaking out, in written form, what I feel passionate about?
I do not claim to have “heard” specific words from God, but I do know that he has touched my heart with his heart and I can only attempt to put this into words, which often seem so inadequate. I seek to interpret this touching of emotions and spirit into words which I trust is what he wants to say. Sometimes I may get it wrong, but sometimes get it right in a way that scares me!
So, as you my friends read items I have posted to my blog, don’t just read the words but listen to my heart. And, if I have been true to the heart of God, listen to, and feel the heart of God who loves justice and compassion.
- Personal Crossroads (georgedowdell.org)