I was looking back on all my Instagram posts from the past, and realized that it was only recent that I decided to use IG as a vehicle to share God's Word.
I saw that the first IG post with Scripture was 58 weeks ago, which is a little more than a year, which is just about when Salt Stains was born. That makes 2015 all the more special to me, that it was the year that I spent sharing the truth consistently in a small way.
There was a time when I would start writing an IG post, then delete everything because I just didn't know what the purpose of it was. It seemed like just another meaningless babble with a pretty picture. That question soon consumed my entire life as I wondered what I was meant to do with my career. These questions, doubts, and prayers eventually led to starting my own business, one that was explicitly Christian and focused on spreading the good news with the world. Let me take this moment to say this: everything happens for a reason, for those who love the Lord.
It's extremely difficult to let go of how many "likes" and followers you get on Instagram, especially if it is directly connected to your business. It's even more difficult to discern the fine line between "I want to do well so I can reach more people with the Truth" and "I want to do well so I can reach more people with the Truth and make more money". As a business woman, profit is obviously on my mind, but sin adds greed and anxiety to that. I forget that profit ultimately comes from the Lord. My money is not my money. For those of us who struggle with loving the world a little too much, we need to look right at our sinful greed, ambition, self-glorification, and endless anxiety, and fight against them. We would be much better vessels for the kingdom with purer motivation, integrity, and diligence. Friends, let's remind ourselves that if we seek the kingdom and His righteousness first, everything that God knows we need will be provided. Wherever we work, whatever we do, we are to be exemplary Christians first (even if there may be consequences and sacrifices). At God's pace, He will build us up and fill our cups.
Anything that takes away gratitude and joy in our heavenly Father, let us throw away. Let us trust in His ways and plans for us that are higher than our own. May 2016 be a more selfless, humble, purposeful, and striving year for us all.
"FOR AS HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS." ISAIAH 55:9
"ABIDE IN ME, AND I IN YOU. AS THE BRANCH CANNOT BEAR FRUIT BY ITSELF, UNLESS IT ABIDES IN THE VINE, NEITHER CAN YOU, UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME." JOHN 15:4
"BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU." MATTHEW 6:33
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