I know that this is God-directed work, but knowing that did not prevent me from seeing that all around me so many others are doing the exact thing, and it seems to be a rat race of to-do's to 'become'.
Naturally, I began to ask some heavy questions.
Why are you doing this? What’s the point of the effort? What makes you different or even noteworthy?
You know that you can stop at any time and that nothing is tying you to it. People change their minds all the time, I contemplated.
Why are you still here three years later?
My very first blog was posted on October 8, 2020. Since then, through my articles and social media posts, I have been pursuing this passion to encourage, love, and support people through the ups and downs of life. I deeply desire to see people live complete and holy lives, by the help and grace that only Jesus gives.
I uninhibitedly share topics as I am led/inspired, hoping that somebody reads them and that it actually helps.
My total social media connections are about 600 (with many duplications lol) and I am far from the target that the professionals recommend of posting at least once per day to expand your reach and impact. I nonetheless counteract the thoughts of insufficiency as I recall the account in Matthew 25 when the master distributed the varying talents to his servants. The lesson to conscientiously steward whomever or whatever God has entrusted to me continues to reinforce my conviction to stay grounded and focused on fulfilling my purpose.
That purpose is not for me to be known, but for God to be known through me so that people can experience that complete and joyful life that God intended.
In verse 15 of that same account, it says that each of the servants was given talents “according to his own ability” (NLT). This is why it is never advisable to crave someone else’s platform or to hide your gifts when God has given you the ability to multiply what He has given you. Craving a bigger platform or cowering when He has called you to do more, are equally dangerous.
There are persons who have been reading and following this blog for the entire three years and if I have never said it before, thank you so very much for sticking with me and for trusting me with your time and access to your soul.
Whenever I write, I think about all of you and the hearts with which each line is meant to connect. I may not know your name or face, but God didn’t call me to take a census; He asked me to write, to speak, and to encourage whomever He directs to Imani Blog. Three years ago, I didn’t know how far this blog would go and I still don’t know what the future holds.
However, my recent wonderings have brought me to this: I am sure that there are a million ways to increase my following or to monetise this undertaking, but that is not where God is taking me. He continues to provide for my every need and a whole lot of my wants, and until He says differently, the returns on this investment will be healed, and whole souls.
Sometimes I chide myself, examining whether my writing style is creative enough, intellectual enough, engaging enough, and all the other “enoughs” that plague most people who are building anything. I remind myself though, that this is God’s work (and I just can’t say this enough) and so from my heart, the place through which He speaks, I pour out to you in script.
I released my very first devotional titled, 'My Favourite Scriptures' in 2021, and it was a humbling pleasure to share words with you that uplifted me in varying seasons. So, I am happy to say that in celebration of Imani Blog's 3-year anniversary, I am giving away 3 copies of my book. To receive your copy just send me a message on any of my social media platforms or on WhatsApp and I will arrange to get a copy to you.
I am inspired by my friends, colleagues, and even strangers, who take the leap of faith into their calling; because they prefer to be obedient, to trust God, and to trust His process.
I am encouraged to keep at this because I know that pursuing one's purpose does not mean becoming popular.
I am blessed to be able to do what God has asked me to and I look forward to being here with you for every high, low, and winding road along your journey.
Allow me to be a bit nostalgic and share my very first article with you… Enjoy!
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