The Pinterest Effect
I’m sure by now there are very few people who haven’t heard of Pinterest. I happen to stumble upon the app a few years back and I fell madly in love. Why? Why, do people love this site so much, because it sells you the dream. Perfect recipes, prefect houses, perfect decor, perfect outfits, perfect photos of perfect little families, and who doesn’t like perfection. I can not tell you how many times I have tried to recreate something that I saw on Pinterest. You go to the store get everything you’ll need, follow the directions step by step, only for your version to come out looking like a red-headed step child! You may laugh, but this brings me to my point; who are we emulating? I often wonder sometimes why people and even myself, fall in to certain fashion styles or want a certain home. I think it’s because whether we admit it or not we are all copying each other. I believe the trick is to have the right examples in front of us. We need positive images of before us if we want to be successful in life no matter what area it is you’re describing. Mentors are critical in the work place, but they are also important in the home. As I’ve mentioned before the Titus 2:4 scripture that admonishes the older women to teach or train the younger women to love their husbands and their children. Why does God say that if we don’t need to learn how to love our husbands and children the way God would have us love our family. Lev. 11:44 tells us the we must be holy because our God is holy. Paul wrote that the things we read about in the old testament were meant to be examples to us of how to govern our lives. That includes all the things that we allow to have access to our Spirits. What images are we meditating on, what music are we listening to, what programs do we watch?
I don’t ask these questions as a person who knows all the answers, but as someone who noticed the effect that putting the wrong images in front of yourself. Not too long ago I became so depressed about my appearance. Of course I have never been a beauty queen, I’ve always relied more on my personality, but I started to feel like I was invisible. I felt like I was just a Mom and it didn’t matter what I wore, or if I put any effort in to taking care of myself. Of course I was wrong! I had to deliberately start focusing on what God said about me, that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I had to read in his word and hear myself saying I am more than a conqueror and that I could do all things through Christ. That includes me having more self discipline. It helped to know that God created me in His image and He made me a little bit lower than the angles! I’m not invisible or insignificant.
Having a positive self image is an uphill battle for me and some days I win, some days I lose; however, I don’t have to fight this alone. I don’t have to be defeated by the weapons that may form against me, because I have authority over all those negative thoughts and whispers that try to tear me down. I had to start making sure that I was having conversations with people who made power deposits into me, instead of blank checks! The difference has been indescribable! I’m making sure that I start surrounding myself with things and people who add to my life and sharpen me, and inspire me to be better. I feel like Elizabeth when Mary greeted her and her baby leaped inside the womb.
I love looking at Pinterest and finding inspiration, but I also realize that my creations may not come out just like the original. I’ve learned to stop thinking that I have to make a copy and embrace making my own uniquely inspired original. I would like to encourage anyone reading this to set your eyes on the true Original, our Alpha and Omega, the Ancient of days. Let’s all strive to look more like Him, to act more like Him and most importantly to think more like him. I want to hear from you ladies reading this, are you being a Mary to your Elizabeth? How are you working to have positive images and friends who add to your life in ways that help you to grow?