Do Numbers Matter?
Recently I realized that I had written the six hundredth Deuceology post. At one point I might have made a big deal about that six hundredth post. I would have tooted its horn that day. However, I have two reactions to it today.
First, I’m just glad that you folks read this little pit stop in the blogosphere. It’s humbling that I have people who tune in to read my musings.
Second, numbers really don’t matter. The number of posts I write and are read just doesn’t mean a lot. What matters are the friendships I have made. What matters is if this blog has made a difference in someone’s life.
The number of blog posts I have written really doesn’t matter. What matters is if those blog posts have made a difference.
A lot of bloggers are concerned about their numbers. I know I have been. In the spirit of full disclosure, I do peak at my stats. But the number of views and visits really doesn’t really matter. What matters is if any of those views and visits have made a difference in those visitors lives. And mine too.
A lot of churches are concerned about numbers. Their numbers are too low. The numbers in their tithes and offerings are too low. Their attendance is growing tremendously. They grew at ten percent last year. Their tithes and offering grew at fifteen percent.
Those numbers don’t matter if people aren’t being reached with the gospel and spiritual growth isn’t taking place.
Do numbers matter? Yes and no. The right numbers matter. The problem is that we too often focus on the wrong numbers.
Have you ever gotten caught up in numbers madness?