“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:12-14
I’m not an expert. I’m not even really that great at what I do.
I wish I was better at social media.
I wish I was Chris Dunagan at NewSpring, but then I would need an epic beard.
I wish I was Dave Adamson at North Point, but then I would need an Australian accent and I can’t pull one of those off if I tried.
I wish I had like 20,000 likes on our church’s Facebook page.
But then I remember, that these guys have been at it for years. (Not that they’re old or anything) Their success didn’t come overnight. These “likes” didn’t appear in one month or even one year. It took years. It took time and effort and strategy. It took figuring out what worked and what didn’t—just like you are doing now.
I’ve only been at Brentwood for three years. Have we seen steady growth? Yes. Have we seen content improvement? Yes. Have we seen engagement grow? Yes.
Then why am I kicking myself? Why are you kicking yourself?
It’s important to remember at the end of the day that all of this is about reaching others for the gospel.
Are we doing the best we can to clearly articulate the gospel to those around us? To our Facebook audience? To our Instagram audience?
If we are, then we are already successful.
Like Paul said in Philippians—we are not perfect, but we are striving to take hold of the prize that is Christ Jesus.
So let’s strive together. Learn together. Break bread together. Praise the wins and forget the losses. The gospel is too important to be loss in our social media anxiety.
Praise Jesus–I’m not an expert.
(Disclaimer: Chris and Dave are some of the best guys I’ve ever met and they don’t claim to be experts either.)