Enjoy this post from Parousia’s partner, Matt Fradd.
Sometimes we can know something, but not really know something.
Or sometimes we can know something, and our knowledge of our knowing it ends up being an impediment to fully knowing it… or actually knowing it… or knowing at a deeper level.
I remember as a kid, I would lay in my bed and repeat a word over and over and over and over again until it lost its meaning. I’m not sure if you’ve ever done that. You know it’s little things.
You know, like someone says God loves you, and you go, “Yeah, I know.”
Really? Do you really KNOW that God loves you? Or how He loves you?
The Great Lesson: Fidelity vs. Success
Well, here’s something that the Lord’s teaching me at a deeper level right now, and it’s the idea that what we are being called to isn’t success necessarily, but fidelity, and I say this especially if you are somebody who runs a blog or a podcast or an apostolate of some kind or another.
It’s really tempting to begin to think that what you are called to is to have this many readers, this many subscribers, this many podcasts downloaded or what have you.
But that really isn’t what we’re being called to. Primarily, what we’re being called to is to be faithful to Jesus Christ and his Church.
The problem is, I think, that we begin to associate the feeling of success with our fidelity.
You know, like, “I’m being faithful, I want to be faithful,” and then we see the numbers skyrocket, and we go, “Yeah, look how faithful I am.”
We think, “Look, it’s being rewarded.” As though this is a sign of my fidelity.
But we shouldn’t really think that because some of the greatest saints, of course, throughout the history of the Church, they haven’t reached the amount of people I could reach through one YouTube video, and yet they’re saints, crowned with glory and honor in heaven.
Let’s Review: What Are Our Goals?
So, this is something so easily said, but so difficult to understand.
This is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want to try and be faithful to Jesus Christ and the Church.
I want to say what seems true to me, and I want to say it as charitably and as effectively as possible.
I don’t want to lead anybody astray.
I don’t want to begin to teach my own doctrines.
I don’t want to become popular as a dissenter or something like that. I want to teach the truth of the Catholic faith.
So look, I just want to say that if you’re a blogger or a YouTuber or whatever, and maybe you’ve got five followers or ten followers, don’t focus so much on that.
And look, believe me, I’m not speaking as someone who’s learned this. I’m speaking as somebody who’s learning it with you.
Instead of focusing on how many followers you have, maybe focus on your prayer life, bringing up all this stuff in spiritual direction, going to confession on a regular basis, educating yourselves about the truths of the faith so that you can better communicate them.
Fidelity vs. Success: Key Takeaways
And you might say, “Well, annoying people, well, everyone annoys somebody.”
That’s true, but I don’t want to get in the way of the message.
And so obviously, I need to continually try to refine how I’m delivering things, but ultimately, may this be for the glory of God.
And I think that’s what you ought to be saying too. Say, “Lord Jesus, let me do your will.” And I would rather have five followers on YouTube or Twitter or ten downloads a month than to have a million and be proclaiming heresy or to be glorifying vulgarity of some kind or glorifying sin.
I think that’s something we should really keep in mind.
So, fidelity over a success. Very simple, but very difficult to keep in mind, I think. What do you think?