This past weekend we celebrated my daughter's birthday with an American Girl party. As one of the favors, I crafted flip flops for all the dolls. Because I am "craft challenged" I was proud of my hard work, and I tweeted and Facebooked a photo of the craft.
Soon enough I had several people asking me how to make the flip flops. Because I needed more than 120 characters (the tweet limit) for the description, I decided to write a blog post outlining the steps, and then tweet the link. You can read that post here, http://www.chattykelly.com/2012/03/american-girl-flip-flops.html
Imagine my surprise, when I reviewed my blog statistics, to find that the Flip Flop post was the 2nd highest read post in the past 30 days. Truthfully, I was frustrated. Maybe I should just write a craft blog?!?!
There are 2 problems with that thought. The first, of course, is that I don't like crafting, so it would be a pretty short lived blog. The second problem, is that writing a craft blog isn't my calling. Writing a devotional blog is.
The temptation is to follow the crowd, to be popular, to want the big numbers. Jesus warned us of this philosophy when he said, "Enter through the narrow gate." (Matt 7:13). He continued, "Wide is the gate, and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it."
Don't leave me comments telling me that crafting blogs are okay, because I know. Whatever God is calling you to do, whatever your God given gift is, that is what you should be doing. And if crafting is it for you, keep focused!
But for me, I have to remain focused on writing for Him. Jesus concluded his comments above by saying, "Small is the gate, and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Only a few may read my blog. But I pray that here, they find life.
Have you ever been tempted to go through the wide gate to gain popularity or status?
Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com