Pinterest is something I use often for Simply Loving Jesus, recipes, and personal enjoyment. The app has taught me some valuable life lessons, though, and in today's post I wanted to share them with you.
1. Life is beautiful...
Have you ever scrolled through pictures of scenery and God's creation on Pinterest? (trying to find backgrounds, right my fellow Christian insta account owners?) They're beautiful. Looking through those pictures, you see so much of God's creation. You see places you've never seen before but dream of visiting someday! I think that's one thing Pinterest has taught me. This world is so beautiful and there is so much to explore.
2. But not perfect
But even in the midst of all the beauty, this life isn't perfect. We see that as we scroll through the before mentioned pictures and see scattered throughout pictures of hurting people and those trapped in sin. Pinterest has taught me that, yes, life is beautiful, but it's not perfect. It can't be because sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). We have to guard ourselves from that sin, and keep our eyes from looking at the evil.
3. Godliness with contentment is great gain
We see pictures of other girls with "perfect" hair, skin, clothes, and homes. It's easy to want the things they have. Jealousy and comparison can eat us alive though. 1 Timothy 6:6 reminds us that "godliness with contentment is great gain". We have to remember to be content with all of the blessings God has given us. Pinterest has taught me that this world is always chasing after the next greatest thing, but as a Christian I should be content with what Jesus has given me, especially Himself.
4. Being genuine is important
So many things on Pinterest are staged and taken to show only the best parts of a person's life. That is true with all of social media! But we know this life isn't perfect. Behind every picture is an imperfect, hurting person. Pinterest has taught me that genuineness is so important. We need to stand together and embrace our imperfections, and strive to be more like Jesus as a body of believers. When we're competing with each other or showing the world that we have it all together, we can't do that.
5. Many things can be used for good & bad
Just like so many things in this world, Pinterest can be used for good and bad. It can be used to fuel our creative endeavors, to find backgrounds for edits, modest outfit inspiration, and to find new recipes, among other things. But it can also be used for bad. It can be used to distract ourselves from our problems, look at things we shouldn't, tear others down, or to compare ourselves to others and what we want. As Christian girls, we should seek to use Pinterest for good and to honor God. Pinterest has further taught me that while something can be used for good, it can also be used for evil.
I hope you enjoyed this! Is there anything else that Pinterest (or another social media) has taught you?
I was reading the blog post "Clinging to Hope in this Dark World" by Samantha Nieves yesterday, and it encouraged me more than I knew I needed to be. This one phrase stuck out at me: "Hope is Coming".
Jesus is coming y'all. I know it's not uncommon to wake up and here about another terrorist attack, shooting, or murder (or a clown sighting for that matter). And that's really sad and depressing. BUT JESUS is bigger than all of that. He's already won this war against death and sin. He is the hope that breaks through the darkness and will one day come to save us. Not too early and not too soon, despite what we may think.
I love how Samantha emphasizes the fact that Light is greater than darkness. Satan can't win this war because Jesus has already won it.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
While we're here, though, we need to let Christ's hope shine through us. As Christians, we can claim the only hope that can comfort a weary soul. Why don't we share it? As we wait for Hope to come, let's share our hope with this world. If we don't tell them, who will? Every single person on this earth is a person whom Jesus died for. If they aren't told the Gospel, they could go to hell. Any of these evil events that have been happening could and have been claiming unbelievers lives. Let's stand up and change that, even if it's just for one person.
"And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
So today, I just want to encourage you that Hope is coming. He will wipe away every tear and take away every fear that we have. Until then, we can rest in His hope.
PS: I'm talking to myself as much as I am to you, if not more.
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