I Hope You Forget Me

stepping down from blogging platforms

playing my part in a bamboo symphony

I hope you forget me. I hope you forget my face, forget my name. In a world of self-promotion and blogging platforms, prizes and accolades for biggest and best, I hope when you leave this blog you forget me, but remember Him. 

“Jesus resisted, rejected, and retreated from fame.The only platform He ever stood on was Calvary. In ministry, there are no platforms, only altars.” -Ann Voskamp

Last year, at the Relevant (now Allume Social) conference, Ann Voskamp  asked me the question,”Why did you come back to blogging?” (I had a blog prior to this one.) I himmed and hawed and answered, “I felt called to, and my husband felt the same way.” Which was the truth, but it isn’t the full story. There are more words I want to say to answer that simple question.

Here, Ann, and the rest of you, is the full answer, the one deep in my heart and bubbling up out of my soul.

This is why I do this funny thing called blogging.

I write because I desire for my stories and words, triumphs and failures, mountains and valleys, eloquence and blunderings, to magnify HIS name. Pure and simple.

I want to add my voice, my words, my life to the hundreds of thousands already proclaiming His name around the world through the Internet.

I want my song to join in the glorious symphony others began, that my small part might make the song a little fuller, a little richer. Is my part significant? No, not really. But it is the part He gave me, and by golly I will use it to sing of His great love as long as I have breath to breathe or fingers to type.

I’ll be honest, it can be difficult to keep perspective in a world swirling with numbers, names, and getting noticed. So I pray whether I fly or fail, write for many or for two, my heart stays humble and it would never be about me, but always, ever, all about Him. 

This is why I blog. He is why I blog.

Colossians 3:17,24-25, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him . . .Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

So, when you leave here, I pray you would forget me, but remember Him.


linking up with The Better Mom and Grace Laced

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  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    So beautiful. I am thankful for bloggers who’s sole desire is to glorifying Him through their writing. Yours is a beautiful song. So thankful for your part in this big blogging world.

    • tawnya

      ~Amen! My daughter, Kimberly, found your blog and sent me your link, I love it! <3 It always blesses me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002169845236 Keesha Doss

    Such a blessing! Thank you!

  • mkirkwood

    Amen. Your post reminds me of a friend’s song lyrics:

    “No one else in my life is to blame,When my selfish desire is found courting with fame;To be quickly forgotten is my aim;One nameless servant to that unforgettable NameJesus, who came!Oh, when I pass through may my name be forgot,
    May the words that I spoke be as though I had not;I would plan every step so that in all that I doJesus they’d never see me, they’d see through me to You.”

  • Christina@toshowthemjesus.com

    Yes, it’s all for Him and all about HI’m and His glory. May this be true of all of us. Blessings!

  • Elizabeth

    amen and amen, sister. Thanks for this. Thanks for these words.

  • Becky Daye

    Thank you, Joy! Yes, yes, yes!!!!

  • gracelaced

    Amen, Sister-friend. Nothing in this world lasts but glory and honor given to Christ!

  • http://twitter.com/DevotionMama Devotion Mama

    I love this. So beautiful and true.

  • http://www.servingjoyfully.com/ Crystal

    I’ve been working for months on a post about the same topic with that verse…but God isn’t quite finished with it yet. Good stuff and I completely agree! Blessings to you and your family!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.virtue Lauren Virtue

    love your heart & your devotion! blog on !!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/mommajlee Jimmie Lee

    Ironic maybe that i caught this on twitter on a night that i should have already been in bed (because I am trying out this new thing called going to bed early)
    I was talking with my husband today about housework and how I pretty much hate it. So I neglect a lot of it. And I used this verse, saying that “I know I should be all like ‘I am working for the Lord and not for men’ but I just can’t.”
    Then the Holy Spirit smacks me with this.
    WHATEVER I do I should be doing to bring Him glory. To point my my face, my ears, my arms my life to Him. Whatever I do, Its ALL about Him! Sweet Jesus.
    God awesome, so so awesome.
    Thank you for letting Him use you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674697810 Jessica Head Distad

    Thank you so much for writing this! It spoke right to my heart. I have been struggling a lot with direction and purpose in my blog, and this was just the reminder I needed. Thank you!

  • Rachel

    This is beautiful, Joy! Your blog is so encouraging to me.

  • http://twitter.com/BrookeWrites Brooke McGlothlin

    Joy. I love it. And I’m emailing you my comment :)

  • Pam OBrien

    Yes, Joy. This resonates with me. Right now my blog is essentially a story in pictures for friends and family who live far from us, particularly my mother; great-grandma to the constant little subjects of the photos. But if it ever evolves to more than that, I want Him to be glorified, me to be merely a vessel. I’m keeping an open hand and pliable will for the direction He would take it so that others would be blessed and encouraged, and if He chooses to never do that, well, then… I know it blesses my mom just as it is.

  • http://www.moretobe.com/ Elisa Pulliam

    I couldn’t agree more, but I couldn’t have said it as beautifully as you did. Thank you!

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  • http://www.brownpaperandstrings.com/ Jamie H

    Thank you for sharing this. a million times – thank you!

  • Addie

    As Christians I believe this is (or should be) what we live here on earth for… To serve, honor and glorify our Lord through whatever means he has given us. It’s encouraging to see you write down your desires and longings to please Our heavenly Father!!! I enjoy reading about your life and journey as a christian mother in a faraway land.

  • Katie @ KatieTevis.com

    Yes, yes, yes. Good words.

  • mandyBH

    oh praise God for His goodness- so thankful that He is so, so present on the web, and that He gives us a clear purpose here! Oh, Jesus, we love you! Holy Spirit, give us the words that come from you and you alone! We praise you, God! Thank you for speaking Holy Spirit, and for hearing our cries! May your glory shine to the nations, Lord. Ahhhhh! :D

  • http://jasonandkelliwoodford.blogspot.com/ kelli woodford

    Well said.
    Such a needed focus, like you said, in a world obsessed with “climbing.”
    Spend me for Your glory, Lord. Amen.

  • http://twitter.com/DionnaSanchez Dionna Sanchez

    My heart to write is a servant’s heart. I want to impact and encourage others and I want to share what God is teaching me. Yes, it’s tough to keep the focus at times – but I’ve asked God on several occasions to keep my heart right. To help my priorities stay focused. And to accept how HE chooses to use me. It’s something I constantly have to revisit but when it comes down to it – I don’t want to be lost to the world’s values – I want to stay in touch with HIS.

  • http://twitter.com/ReiniDays Jill


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522424461 Jenny Cooke

    I taught on that verse in Sunday School yesterday, since this is Labor Day weekend and my daughters (ages 4 and 6) are in my class. They seem so ungrateful at times and I know they are spoiled with all we have when there is such great need in the world.

    It was awesome to have conversations with these precious little ones about how we all have jobs, and sometimes those jobs aren’t fun and don’t bring you fame or glory, but that if we’re working out best for the Lord, then what people say and think about our work doesn’t matter.

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for blogging. I really feel connected to you, even though we’re like, a gazillion-miles-away, :-)

  • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

    Oh Joy…
    This is the heart I want to keep in all this writing-blogging-messy-beautiful.
    It’s crazy how quickly the heart that starts “for Him” is quickly turned “to me”.
    It’s ugly.
    And embarrassing.
    And it’s why I need His Words every. single. day.
    To re-calibrate this fickle heart of mine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimberly.hall.359 Kimberly Hall

    WOW!!!! Thank you so much for writing this post. This is just what I have been needing to hear this week! I am new to your blog and loving what I am finding here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.johnson.90 Michelle Johnson

    So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

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