Throughout this series I’ve written a little about sharing our stories. In Kate Motaung’s post on the word who, she mentioned that first we need to know who we are. Then she said we need to identify our audience, or those who may be reading our words.
As I thought about the word and discussed it with my husband, he mentioned that audience has to do with hearing. I also found that one of the synonyms was readers. Therefore, anyone who reads my blog would be part of my audience. Or anyone who hears my voice when I share a poem or reading in my blog post.
An Outdoor Audience
Sometimes when I’m outdoors I will sing or read aloud one of my poems. In that case no one else is around, because I like to practice alone. So my listeners would be our dogs and whatever else is out there.
I even think of the the clouds and trees as part of the audience or maybe they are like the auditorium.
It is such a beautiful background for me as I practice. Sometimes I pray as I observe the beauty of nature around me.
Where is my Audience if No One Reads or Listens?
What if no one reads my blog or listens to my voice? Where would my audience be then?
I suppose I could consider myself as a reader of my blog, because I do read over each one several times. Often I need the words as much as anyone else. As I pray and review scripture to use, I am blessed and can pass that on to others.
There is One who always hears me and wants me to talk to Him. When I pray, God is the only audience I need. He knows what I am going to say, but He still listens.
Psalm 65:1-2 (CSB)
Praise is rightfully yours, God, in Zion; vows to you will be fulfilled.
All humanity will come to you, the one who hears prayer.
This is Day 20 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt word is audience.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement.
10 thoughts on “Audience Matters Even if Only One”
I am so glad that God stirred your heart to share these words. You gave such a beautiful progression from those around us, to ourselves, and finally to God who is our dearest audience. And your Haiku fit so well to describe the intentions of your heart. May I allow Him to refine my heart, to see Him as my most dear audience as well. Thank you for sharing this today Dear poet/sister/friend! xoxo
Thank you so much, Bettie, and thank you for being willing to read it before publishing. Your encouragement is such a blessing. Blessings and love to you, dear poet/sister/friend! xoxo
“Often I need the words as much as anyone else.” Me, too, Gayl! 🙂 And I love your sentiments on God being our audience … He always wants to hear from us … So, so true!
Thank you, Sarah. I’m so glad He always wants to hear from us. Blessings to you!
Thanks for your encouragement, dear Bette. Blessings and love to you! xo
“Often I need the words as much as anyone else.” Oh, me too, Gayl! God seems to do a work in my heart first, as I write a post and then read over the words again. Maybe we are our main audience, apart from God. And just maybe He intends it that way because writing is cathartic and therapeutic, as well as being a blessing and encouragement to others. Which is always our hope and prayer as we send them forth! Your words are warm, gentle and loving. I receive them like a good cup of coffee for my soul. Like those of a dear, faith filled friend. xoxo
You are right that writing is cathartic and therapeutic. It always helps me to write things out, and then to share with others who may be encouraged. Oh, how I wish we could sit together with a good cup of coffee! What a good time we would have. I’m so glad my words were like that for your soul. 🙂 I am blessed to call you my dear friend. Blessings love and hugs to you, Joy! xoxo
Reminds me of the song “Audience of One.”
I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one. I’ll have to look it up! Blessings to you, Tara!