Many years ago, a reader wrote to me with an idea for "how to get more people to receive the Orange Moon devotionals." I'm sure the friend meant well, and I responded politely - "Hey, that's an interesting idea!" However, a problem existed regarding the suggestion, a complication that remains until this day. I'll be blunt. I don't care how many people read the devotionals. It doesn't matter to me. I never think about it, and only bring this up because I heard something today that reminded of that well meaning recommendation from long ago.
The reason I don't care about this matter is that I choose not to care. I do so because I know that if I sought to make the messages popular or more widely read, I would succumb to the temptation to write differently than I do. I am greatly blessed that five or six days a week, I have opportunity to pen a few thoughts that many people like yourselves choose to read. I get to write in accordance with my beliefs and convictions, hopefully, as formed and guided by the Word of God. I have no need whatsoever to consider the popularity of the messages, to promote them, or to write with an eye toward the numbers on our mailing list (along this line, I have no idea how many names are on the list. And again, I don't care). I rather seek to write for One (or Three, if you consider the goal in Trinitarian terms). When I finish writing, if I honestly believe my words faithfully express the Bible's truth, and if I think the Lord might be pleased with what I have written, I hit the "Send" button to transmit to whoever out there might want to consider the ramblings of the most ordinary of people. For me, this is the only way I could possibly remain faithful to what I believe the Lord has called me to do in these messages. Others can and do overcome the temptations faced when more becomes an issue. Of such folks, I am in genuine awe. For me, I know better than to go there. I would fail, I would fall, and I would compromise if I did.
I cannot express in words the deep tranquility of heart made possible by having no need to concern myself with more. I find this to be the purest bliss as it grants the freedom to write according to the dictates of my conscience. Only time and the Judgment Seat of Christ will tell whether these convictions are faithful to God and His truth. For now, I rest and rejoice in the liberty and the peace of writing for One (Three). And I hope that perhaps some of you may sometimes catch a glimpse of Light as we together make our way to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to whom we all desire to direct more glory, honor, and adoration.
"And He said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth. But when it is sown, it growth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches, so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it."
Weekly Memory Verse
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies.
(II Samuel 22:4)