Those of us who blog and write for publication face a singular temptation. We hone and polish our little masterpiece, and then sit back and wait for the reception, which comes in the form of hits on our blog (maybe it will go viral!), favorable (or not) reviews, attention, controversy (we hope), even (better) attacks. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The worst outcome is nobody notices or cares.
I just watched the Martin Scorsese documentary “No Direction Home” about Bob Dylan (I’m a huge fan of both of them) and the message was loud and clear that Dylan didn’t give a toss about how his art was received, he just put it out there.
The world would be a better place if we all stopped looking at Google analytics and just tried to tell the truth as we know it.
Them’s is all-too-rare words in the kingdom of blog. Thanks for sharing them Rick.
Thanks, Jason. As every preacher knows (or should know) we preach mostly to ourselves. I needed this word to myself.
Easy for Dylan not to care. He is a genius of the highest order. Once is a very great while, preach with a specific person in mind. Never to target them, just to speak to an issue they face, and without making it obvious who it is meant for. They invariably take that Sunday off.
By the Grace of God people sometimes hear messages that are far more profound than the one I wrote.