“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” -JESUS (Luke 16:10)

There are people in your life with whom you have influence. They’re paying attention to who you are, what you say, and how you operate in the world.

No matter what stage of your writing journey you’re in, you have influence. There are people paying attention.

Even before you’ve ever written anything, you have influence in the lives of the people you live near and in the lives of the people you see socially.

I don’t care who you are, there is someone who looks up to you.

You have influence in the lives of the people you’re friends with on social media.

If you’ve launched a writer’s platform, you may have people who follow you on social media, read your blog, or subscribe to your newsletter.

Those are all real people.

Whether you have ten people who subscribe to your newsletter or 10,000, those are real people.

Real human beings with hopes, dreams, challenges, frustrations, doubts, and fears. Just like you.

And God has uniquely positioned you to have influence in their lives.

How you treat that list when it has ten people on it is how you’ll treat that list when you have ten million on it.

God has things for you to communicate to that group of people. If we believe that’s true with ten million subscribers, how much more can it be true if you only have one?!

So take it seriously. Seek the Lord. Ask Him this one question: God, what do you want to tell these people this week?

Even if you don’t know them, even if you can’t see their faces…even though you have no idea whether they’re listening—treat them like real people. Like all real people, they need a little more Jesus, a little more light in their lives.

Don’t do it just because you want to grow. But, if we’re to take Jesus at His word, don’t expect your audience to be big until you’ve learned to be faithful with a few.

For your very first newsletter subscriber, seek the Holy Spirit. Know that’s a real person, and believe that the words that you say, the hope and encouragement you deliver, could literally change their life.

As you show yourself to be a trustworthy steward, watch the Holy Spirit bring the increase.

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