When we think numbers , we tend to think that the bigger the better. Let’s be honest, One million students, customers, followers, blog stats, fans, blog visitors sound so much cooler than nine hundred ?. We have been made to believe that the more the numbers, the merrier. And if ain’t plenty then it ain’t worth doing. This has caused us to aim and desire the big numbers (the thousands, the millions, the billions ) because of that need for validation.
The question is who told you that quantity tops quality? For sure, in the world, the big numbers rule. But God doesn’t judge success the way the world does. Let me tell you! It ain’t about the big numbers. God is interested in the little numbers too. Plus God sometimes test our patience and perseverance with the little numbers.
I have focused on numbers before.
I used to wish I had a bigger class in Church. The day a lot of people showed up in my Sunday school class, I started praying that God reduce their number lol. They were just harassing me. ” we can’t hear at the back “, ” Come to the middle”. Toh. See me see trouble oh. And me I cannot shout. I realized that teaching large number of people sef get wahala. Plus I get shy, I teach smaller groups more, they connect to me more, I am able to personalize the teaching. And the larger the group, the more calls and follow up you have to do.
I ignored the fact that I hadn’t even done my work with the few satisfactorily, there I was looking for hundreds. How can God trust me with the big things when I wasn’t even faithful with the little ones?
If for any reason after all your hard work and advertisement and all, your numbers are in the thousands, hundreds or even less, there may be this feeling of non accomplishment and failure.
You look at the people with numbers and you want their numbers.
But do you know that a lot of the small churches will get to heaven before the big churches?
Do you know that God may commend a pastor with just ten people in his congregation before he does one with millions.
Do you know that it’s the quality of your service that counts and not the quantity?
One destiny helper can do the work of a hundred helpers.
One good child can do be better than ten children.
Just one prayer can change life and destinies.
We should aim and pray for our lives to have quality impact and for us to give and to get quality impact. My people! No be by numbers oh.
Let’s stop getting bothered about the numbers. I know it’s hard not to be discouraged but whatever you do, aim to change a life for good irrevocably. My first blog had the numbers and the community, till date I still get page views, but I wasn’t fulfilled.
Look at Jesus, God sent only Jesus. He didn’t ask all the angels in heaven to accompany him so that you know, more people will believe. He sent just John the Baptist as a forerunner. One person. He sent Jesus, one person. Jesus had eleven apostles ( minus Judas) who took up the baton. Those apostles preached the gospel to people who preached to people who preached to people who prea…….you get my drift , till it got to me and you.
Even we are only able to make a difference in one person’s life, if it’s one person that is impacted, that laughs when they read our posts, that connects to what we do, that responds, that emails us, that one person still matters.
One Person. Just one person, it doesn’t have to be millions.
P.S. This post is no excuse for mediocrity or being passive about low numbers. Work and give it your best.The people with the big numbers started from somewhere. No matter how big a church is now, it started from somewhere. MFM started from a room in Yaba. Linda Ikeji started from somewhere.
I just want to encourage us to stop getting depressed, envious or thinking more means better.
P.P.S. Actually this post is just an excuse to tell you that today is my birthday ?. I am too tired to write a brand new post ( this was in draft) but I thought it wouldn’t be nice of me if I don’t tell you guys and now start gisting you later. I had fun, let’s just say I am stuffed even though I didn’t cook anything and I am happy to be adding another year.