Editor’s Peek: It’s Got to be More than Numbers!

Here’s a picture of me – Tim. Errrr….this was taken in 2010 during my NYSC, used to be an instructor in a computer school in Owerri, South-Eastern Nigeria

I’ve never liked maths, well maybe I liked it on some days when we had Algebra or something along those lines but equations and all those formulas can be a mountain in my mind.

At college level I remember sleeping through the first 15 mins of an important math exam, dreaming that I was in my room sleeping, only very few have those experiences.

But in the end, Mathematics all comes down to numbers, and a measure of what we do on Zjolt deals with numbers.

No we haven’t put out any posts that are mathematical, but we have to track the number of hits a story has on a daily basis, what countries our visitors are from.

Sometimes when you watch those numbers, your emotions can soar with the numbers or sink when the numbers seem to be crawling.

The flip side of watching numbers is that it can become (unintentionally all about the numbers. You stop caring about the quality of the stories or what God wants you to say and just look at the numbers alone, 1,000 hits, 1,000,000 hits, etc. is all you see, nothing else.

Last week I sat in an office in Lagos Nigeria, waiting for a meeting to discuss a service offering to publicise online a new book that has just been launched. While waiting some guys walked in, they had a connection with a Christian music reality show about scheduled to go on TV in December. After introductions and all, there were discussions about offering Zjolt as a platform for their content during the show. Then the ‘question of life’ followed: “How many visitors do you have on a daily basis?”

I replied honestly yet with as much pride as I could muster, thinking that our numbers were relatively big.

“That’s good, but we know a blogger in Abuja who averages 10,000   or more hits every day, and she wants to work with us.” The guy said.

Honestly I felt small immediately, so Zjolt isn’t there after all. As the days went by, I began to think about Zjolt, was it even worth it?

One verse though rang louder in my mind. Psalm 90:12 – “Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

So many testimonies have rolled in concerning Zjolt – so many “Thank God for you guys” comments are all over our posts. God alone knows how many people have made it to events because they got hold of the information in a Zjolt post. So many people have been blessed after events because of an ‘In Case You Missed It’ post highlighting what happened at an event along with the teachings from it.

I’ve always longed for Zjolt to also inspire people to become all that God has called them to be, and I am so glad in one way or the other, inspiration has come from reading a post here. Just yesterday we put up a post – ‘The Adjustment Bureau Movie & The Plan of God’ that had to be one of the most inspiring things we wrote so far, the simplicity with which the message came from The Holy Spirit is amazing.

Blessing lives and not necessarily numbers is the focus. Numbers are important, but not nearly as important as impact.

One of my favourite stories in the Bible is contained in Judges 6 & 7. God calls Joshua a relatively unknown dude who’s not very courageous to deliver the nation Israel from oppression. Joshua gathers an army of about 10,000 plus soldiers, God screens the army to 300! Joshua is led by God to win a war with a rather weird strategy.

How about the disciples of Jesus, 12 of them get to change the world, just 12! But the number of the early church grows on a daily basis as the message continues and value is created.

That’s what keeps Zjolt going whether we’re talking about an event, doing an interview or just being ourselves.

2 Corinthians 3:1-5 is the Zjolt testimony after 77 posts, 186 followers via email, 132 fans on Facebook and counting:

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stonebut on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”

Surely it’s got to be more than numbers!

Yours Faithfully,

Tim Konyehi

Founding Editor,

Zjolt.

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