Thursday, August 20, 2009

Followers Envy

Proverbs 14:30, "A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones."

James 3:16, "For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there."

I have been blogging for a while now and have 9 followers. My parents have been blogging for less than a month and, at last count, have 36 followers. If I add in my running blog followers, I have a total of 11 (and some of these are repeats so my total is actually less than 11).

How should I deal with this? Do I have "followers envy"? Maybe the picture below sums up my struggles.

8 comments:

Aussie John said...

Eric,

You have more followers than I.

Do you need to "deal" with it? I read your blog regularly, as I do several others, but am not going to sign up as a "follower".

I really don't want "followers" signing on; had far too many, and observed too many over the years as pastor. An occasional comment is nice, but not necessary either.

My confidence is this: I write what I sense I must write, and that those who our Sovereign God directs to read, will read, and I trust,be helped in some way.

Eric said...

John,

I hope your realized that this was tongue-in-cheek. However, we humans do have a terrible capacity for pride over the silliest things.

Actually, I'm very happy that my parents have so many followers because this should lead to much prayer support.

Arthur Sido said...

I found that pretty funny. I am guilty of checking my stats on sitemeter more often than I should. I have actually considered getting rid of it.

shallowfrozenwater said...

follower's envy? i think i have a pretty bad case myself. so if i decide to follow you, am i helping you or hurting you?

Eric said...

Arthur,

I think we all probably fall into the same boat. How silly we can be at times (and sometimes prideful as well).

Eric said...

Shallowfrozen,

Feel free to follow if you want. I still won't be anywhere near my parents' total. =)

theoldadam said...

It sort of makes one wonder just how Jesus felt at the cross.

A life lived in perfect obedience to the Father.

A life full of love and forgiveness.

A life that exhibited God to the whole world.

And yet who was left at the cross? His Mother and a couple of others that were there just because of her.

You ought not feel so bad.

Aussie John said...

Eric,

Oops! Red face!