By: Staci Stallings
I’ve honestly never thought of myself as a statistics fan. In fact, I hated the class in college. Strangely I’ve found recently that I’m addicted to statistics. Particularly as they relate to projects I’m working on.
There’s my page count and word count and how far I’ve gone in a day. My number of Facebook friends and fans, and my Twitter followers.
There’s my viewer count for my blog and my subscriber count for the same.
There’s my page count for the book I’m editing.
There’s how many books I’ve sold for the month on Nook and Kindle.
Two weeks ago it was how many tickets we still had to sell for the fundraiser I was working on and how many we had sold, and how many we had to sell each day to reach our goal, and what percentage we were at, and how many each member had sold…
You get the picture.
What’s weird is that I let these numbers affect how I feel about myself sometimes.
They are kind of like the numbers on the scales (which also affect how I feel about myself).
They are all kind of a barometer trying to answer the question “How am I doing?” Am I going in the right direction? Have I arrived yet? How many more pages, followers, views do I need to make me feel okay about myself?
It’s so goofy.
Those numbers will NEVER give me peace and hope and understanding. They cannot hold me on a cold night, whisper that I’m okay, tell me that God’s Plan is working in my life.
I wish I could say that I’m no longer going to look at those numbers, but the sad truth is I know I will. I just have to remember that they do not define me. They do not measure my acceptance or worth.
Only God can do that.
So what numbers are you looking at to try to answer “How am I doing?” Maybe together we can decide to let God answer that instead of counting on the numbers to. 🙂
Have a blessed day!