This week in the Faith Hub: Where God and Technology Connect series, we’re taking a week just to look at Pinterest from a Christian viewpoint. Can I just tell you for starters that I LOVE Pinterest? It’s fun, quirky, and brilliant content-sharing at its finest in social media.
Anyone currently active on social media knows that Pinterest has developed into an incredible phenomena. Idea sharing and photo sharing combined in the ultimate setting of graphic after graphic, interests and likes can be decided and shared in two clicks or less. There hasn’t been a day before now where the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is more true.
Recently in several different settings, I received feedback from women that social media can cause negative mental thoughts for them. Thoughts like “I’ll never be good enough” or “I wish my body, hair, etc. looked like that.” “I wish I could own a house, sofa, bathroom, like that.” This thought life can then develop into a pattern which is displayed through our attitudes.
In the Bible study I’m currently leading, Let.It.Go by Karen Ehman, Karen briefly mentions how Facebook can send us spiraling into a swirl of “I wish.”
I wish I could get as much accomplished in one day as she does.
How did they get their adoption to go through so quickly?
How does she “do it all?”
Karen says “We compare our reality to someone else’s appearance.”
And she is so right!
If reading too many facebook statuses causes me to have a negative spirit, then I need to be careful not to read too many. Just the same as watching too much tv or eating too much food or any good thing that can become negative when in excess.
With Pinterest, the issue of comparing our reality to someone else’s appearance is even more evident. The photography is enhanced and the goal is perfection. Whether food or fashion or fitness or home design, the more ideal it seems, the more “pinnable.” Remember that I love Pinterest? Please remember that. But there is a danger in allowing social media to affect our thoughts and lead them away from what God intends for our lives.
If we compare our reality to someone else’s appearance, then we can feel jealous of their situation. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, after all.
If we compare our reality to someone else’s appearance, then we can feel inadequate to do the work God has given us to do.
If we compare our reality to someone else’s appearance, then we can feel incompetent in our God-called roles.
Phil. 4:8 says:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Can I just tell you that there are a ton of things on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter,and other social media that fall under the categories listed above? And that is why I love it! But we do need to make sure that those things are the ones we are seeking. Even then, another danger is that we just might be forming the wrong thought pattern about these wonderful, true things, thereby transforming them into sin.
Instead of playing the comparing game on Pinterest,what if we stick to the guideline of God’s Word? Let’s seek recipes, means of hospitality, and all sorts of ideas and content to embrace Pinterest, yet be sure that we do so without envy and with our identity firmly planted in Christ.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, -Phil. 2:4&5
Has Pinterest or other social media ever made you feel inadequate or envious? I would love to read your thoughts about this topic!
Bloggers, thanks for linking up this week!