Blogging, Blogging Podcast

111 Five Blogging Lessons From The Life Of Jesus (Mark 1 – 3)

By Leslie Samuel

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to wrap my head around the question of “Why do I do what I do?”. Then, I listened to a podcast episode on the Internet Business Mastery podcast where they spoke about The Importance of a Purpose-Driven Business.

After listening to that episode, I ended up being even more important that I needed to figure out what my Single Motivating Purpose is (or SMP for short).

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I'm in the country of Colombia right now, and I've had a few days to myself to really hone in on what my SMP will be and ended up deciding to go with something that didn't even seem to make sense when it comes to what I think a single motivating purpose is supposed to accomplish.

It was so different from what I expected that I had to move away from SMP to just coming up with a Main Focus of my life.

I've decided to make my Main FOCUS to Know Jesus. As a result of that, I've been studying His life and was fascinated to see that as soon as I started to focus on His life, I started getting Blogging Lessons.

So, I decided to share 5 of these lessons with you, and to drive it home even more, I decided to make a very Pinnable Infographic that drives home those 5 points.


Strange right? I know. Maybe it's because I'm a bit biased about this blogging stuff, lol.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking – I come here for blogging lessons, not to be preached to.

Don't worry, I'm not a pastor and I fully understand. In many ways, I feel that we preach to often instead of just living life and letting our lives do the preaching.

However, even if you aren't a Christian, I think you can still get value from this podcast episode and learn lessons that can help your blog reach to the Heavens (pun intended).

I'm reminded of a quote by Michael Hiatt, that's especially applicable here:

Even if you are not a Christian – or don't consider yourself a spiritually-inclined person – the Bible is worth reading. Without question, it has had a greater impact on Western civilization than any other book Published – Michael Hyatt

So, have a listen, and let me know what you think in the comments below.


Some people prefer to read along with the podcast episode. Others actually prefer to read than listen. If you are one of those people, not to worry. I’ve got a transcript right here for you 🙂

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  1. Sorry to be Grammar Nazi here, but your posts you’re one of my favorite subscriptions and you are always so helpful and you seem to care about being professional, I hope you don’t mind my comments.

    In point #2 the word should be “tailor”.

    In general, watch your capitalizations. #2 is a mix of capped words or not, and #5 just has one word capped. Be consistent. Best of all would be with regular sentence structure (no caps except for the first word). There is a common use of people capping every word in a sentence, but that is improper, not to mention, can be confusing.

    Love your site and look forward to it each week. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Leslie. I appreciate your Christian testimony. Your comment about your “Single Motivating Purpose” resonates with the theme of my soon to be released book, “Discover Your Personal Mission.” I am letting a few people know about the free PDF preview version of the book that is available at Enjoy God!

  3. Hey Leslie,

    So funny you should post about this. I wrote a post last year about what Jesus can teach us when it comes to marketing. Any you’re right, you don’t have to be a Christian to learn from Jesus, that was actually the beauty of his teachings, they apply to so much of our lives.

    1. Yep, I agree with you wholeheartedly. He taught some pretty cool stuff, and there’s a lot we can all learn from Him that applies to so many aspects of our lives. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Glad to hear BJ. I must say – I just visited your blog and absolutely LOVE the subtitle – “Putting the Me back in Mommy”. Very catchy!

  4. I especially like #3 in the infographic. Been doing a lot of thinking lately and realizing that many times I have written from the heart but written in the way that I thought it would be acceptable and readable by others. I’m learning that sometimes people are going to HATE what you have to say. And that’s ok. That’s their right!

    Thanks for this reminder sir.

    1. Yep, it’s the truth. If you are doing anything worthwhile, some people won’t like it. But, if what you are doing lines up with your ultimate goal and is helping people, then have at it wholeheartedly regardless of what anyone else has to say.

      Thanks for the comment.

  5. Leslie,

    Great stuff!

    Hope this doesn’t sound too sloppy.

    From the first time I saw and heard you there was something the clicked inside. I think a lot of it has to do with your personality, but now I see it is something deeper.

    God bless you and your family.

  6. Awesome! Thank you for sharing this post and podcast! Earlier today I was sharing with a patient (I’m a Chiropractor) a simple “guideline”:

    If what you are doing would not be pleasing to God, don’t do it.
    If what you are doing would be pleasing to God, do it boldy!

    Thank you for boldly sharing your faith and knowledge with us 🙂

  7. Awesome! I had considered (still may go for it) creating a blog on everything that I have learned from the bible, including sharing all of my personal experiences. Being that there is so much to learn in the bible, and you are one of the blessed one to remember it all, just like with anything else that you learn and/or become an “expert” in, you can build a blog!!

    1. That can work, if you really narrow down on your target audience and cater to them. You’d have to think it through and make it unique, but that’s the same with almost any blog. It’s all about finding that unique angle and delivering valuable content that help people accomplish their goals.

  8. Hi Les, hope everything will work out ok for you in Columbia. I wish your mother good health. Great potcast.
    You know that I’m into meditation to learn more about myself and therefore learn to follow my intuition. I mean trusting yourself and be good friends, even best friends. Yes, being best friends with yourself, sounds strange. You’ll be amazed how many people hate themselves in this world.
    Accepting yourself as a good or best friend will create a positive attitude towards yourself and all other people around you. However now and then I still slip up, which is actually not intended, but happens because of not thinking things over in advance. The result is that a anger other people. So with regard to number 3, be confident, but also take the time to prepare yourself for whatever you’re up to.
    Simplify your core message is also very important. It directly reflects back to composing and arranging music in my case. Often I have to be careful that the music topics in my blog posts don’t get to complicated. I think a lot of people who visit my blog just only know the basics of music.
    So yes, it’s very important to go back to our roots and depending on those, determine what the best things are in order to move forward in life (wow, sounds very serious, ha ha)
    Talk to you later, my good friend.

    1. All is well so far. Thanks for the well wishes for my mother.

      Glad you enjoyed the podcast. Thanks for letting me know which of the lessons resonated with you. That’s great. Yep, sounds serious, because it is 😉

      All the best!

  9. Hi Leslie, with this podcast you have transcended from just giving blogging advice to really dealing with matters of the heart. I believe our heart controls our actions, and if we understand the heart that God has placed in us, then we can knock entrepreneurship out of the park. Good stuff in this podcast, you have stepped up your game up with this one.

    1. Thanks Amos,

      Yes this definitely was from my heart and it’s the result of the things God has placed on my heart. So it was a joy to be able to share that with you guys. Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. This helps! I tend to be all over the place, but recently I’ve discovered that there are certain people asking certain questions and I need to narrow down my message to answer those questions.

  11. Hi Leslie,

    What a wonderful post, I really enjoyed it. I personally feel that there is no aspect of modern day life that we can’t apply Jesus’ wisdom to.

    I must just mention that when I saw the title of this post it made me giggle, I immediately got a image of Jesus outside a Temple whipping out his iphone to check his Google analytics stats!!!


  12. Leslie, this is a great post! Thanks for sharing. I love the Single Motivating Purpose and tip #4 – Put First Things First. I think we have a tendency to get too scattered and distracted – that applies to our lives and our blogs.

  13. Leslie … I appreciate the spirit and intent behind this post, which is highly instructive. Your message to Bloggers, regardless of their religious background – is clear, insightful and will yield positive results if we adhere to the 5 principles you propose. Thank you for sharing your sometimes-whacky sense of humor. (Hope your Mom is fairing well.) Shalom!

  14. Leslie,
    Thank you so much for being an expert and approachable. Your podcast and website have been a huge encouragement for me as a beginning blogger.

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