Maximum Impact

by Tracy Smoak

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for”

(Hebrews 11:1-2, NIV).


Today’s technology allows access to lots of information, but how much of it really matters? Social media opens opportunities for many connections not previously possible. However, I get overwhelmed trying to build the elusive platform to qualify as a legitimate voice in the publishing world.

According to Social Media for Today’s Writer by DiAnn Mills and Edie Melson, the “life” of information in the top six networks: “Twitter—18 minutes; Facebook—30 minutes; Instagram—19 hours; LinkedIn—24 hours; YouTube—6 days; and Pinterest—4 months.” We devote enormous energy to communication and want to make it count. Which forum do you think has the most impact? How about prayer!

Around 600 B.C., Daniel traveled as a Jewish captive to Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. He learned the new culture and served in several royal courts. Just when he thought things might settle, Cyrus of Persia invaded and defeated Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel again adjusted to a new regime. As writers, we might also weather one storm only to have another approach on the horizon.

Remaining in prayer keeps us steadfast in our calling. Three weeks after Daniel interceded, a heavenly messenger appeared. “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10:12, NIV).

God aligns events for maximum impact. While cleaning out my desk drawer, I rediscovered a small slip of hotel stationery where I’d scribbled after a conference: God said, “Things happen in the heavenlies long before you see them on earth.” I have saved that note more than 13 years to remind me God knows what is going on, even if I can’t see how he will resolve everything right now.

Conversation with my Heavenly Father shows me how silly I am to get twitterpated about online posts. I need to devote time to the sovereign God who holds the key to the future. Prayer has an eternal life and perfumes his throne room.


Dear Lord, too often I get busy doing something, anything. But that leaves me running in circles and feeling dizzy. Thank you I can snuggle beside you and lean into your quiet strength. Amen.


Tracy Smoak is a freelance writer and photographer. She hosts blogs on where to find hope at Her bachelor’s degree is in Communication for Business and her master’s is in Education. She is a licensed English teacher. Her devotional book with original photographs of tranquil water scenes in Lake County, Florida is scheduled for release in August 2022.

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