Popularity | Ecclesiastes 9

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 Sometimes I catch myself getting sucked into a world of "popularity", especially when it comes to blogging and social media. I know there's so many people that say "It's not about the numbers", and while I believe that to be true, sometimes I can't help but still want that popularity that so many others seem to have. I still want to be heard. I want to be followed. I want the hard work I put into my craft to be seen. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and quite frustrating, actually. I think we can all relate to wanting popularity at some point in our lives.
 But today I came across some Bible verses in Ecclesiastes 9 that really stuck out to me:

“There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard. The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14-17)

 I love everything about this passage of scripture. It talks about how a poor man's wisdom delivered a city, yet he still went unseen. His quiet wisdom was better than strength and weapons of war, yet his words were despised and went unheard. The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools! It would be better for me to speak just one word of wisdom than to shout at the top of my lungs like a fool. 
 The man in this story definitely wasn't a popular man. He saved the whole city, yet no one wanted to listen to him. To be honest though, I don't think popularity was what he was seeking in the first place. He was using what the Lord gave him (his wisdom) to look out for the welfare of others. 
 I know sometimes it may seem like you go unnoticed, but just remember that popularity is overrated! My hope is to be a little more like the man in Ecclesiastes 9. I want to look out for the well-being of the people around me, to speak with quiet wisdom rather than foolish shouting, and to not worry about how many people will "notice" me for doing so. I want to stop trying to make a name for myself and be more concerned about the things of the Lord.  I want to honour him with the talents and gifts he has blessed me with, rather than using those gifts to garnish a following.

Thanks for reading!

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