It’s Friday, the time of the week when I just write whatever comes to mind over at the Gypsy Mama. Won’t you join me. 5 minutes, no editing, no backtracking, no over thinking, just let those fingers fly and type out your heart.
This weeks prompt: Story
When we tell our stories, do we want a reaction or a connection?
Connection is different from a reaction and it’s so easy to confuse them.
A connection is the moment when someone else reads your story and a part of them knows your words in their marrow. The story in their bones.
It ties heart moments and resonates. It changes their frame. Their walk. Their ways.
We may never have the pleasure of knowing who we’ve connected with our words.
It may be a connection between God and their broken places, a fresh touch in their marriage, or a gentle voice reminding them to pause and savor the moments of toothy grins and muddy footprints.
It may be a moment of relief to laugh and smile during a long week of furrowed brows and worry.
It may be a challenge spoken throughout their whole life. Our words may speak to them without us ever knowing it.
On the contrary, a reaction is easier to measure. We see it in pointy lines and spikes in our analytics. We can add them up in likes and tweets and followers and platforms to proclaim our worth and our right to belong.
And I’m not saying that those are bad things. Most writers enjoy having their work appreciated, myself included, but if all we’re pursuing is reaction, we can lose sight of connection completely. I did, these past couple weeks.
That dragging feeling that I’m doing this all for nothing. The feeling that my words aren’t accomplishing what I’d hope they would. The feeling that I do not belong here. But then, reaction had distracted me from the fact that I love to write. I love to get a comment, even just one. I love to get an email or a Facebook message that says something and we connect in that moment. Because when I focus on reaction, it all becomes so very unattainable.
And then, we are no longer writing the good things . The true things. The story.
God’s glory can’t be seen primarily in stats or conversion rates. It is seen in our obedience and our faithfulness regardless of the reaction around us. Our story in His, our connection through Him.