Pinterest is something I use often for All Things Allison Marie, 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.
Lessons Pinterest Taught Me
1. Life is beautiful…
Have you ever scrolled through pictures of scenery and God’s creation on Pinterest? 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.