If you use any form of social media – particularly Instagram or Pinterest – your life probably is a sweet ride filled with coffees and perfectly-handwritten study notes. You probably see things in floral hues, know how to keep a perfect relationship with your significant other, and always have great makeup without any acne. Oh, wait a second. That’s just how I would perceive the girl on my Insta/Pinterest accounts.
Maybe your story is similar. Maybe upon looking at your Pinterest, motivational quotes and butt-lifting workouts fill your page. That’s great to be motivated and to take care of yourself, but lately I am realizing my heroes may not be as great as their social media would have you believe. Maybe we should “practice what we pin”.
My family stopped going to our “home church” a couple months ago. I don’t say much about it because I don’t have a whole lot to say, but I’ll tell you one thing – online church has become a really great format for me to ingest words of incredible pastors from all over the country throughout the week. My current favorite is Steven Furtick from Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. I recently heard a sermon where he said you could have your whole Bible highlighted, but if you don’t practice the words underneath that bright ink you’re not doing it right. For me, the point is not to look put together and perfect. It is to live with a Godly perspective. Maybe the point I’m making is that I wish I could be better about not using my Pinterest board as a space to project who I wish I was. I guess I just feel like other people may feel this way too. (Also, yes – we did find a new place, and we are quite happy.)
I’ve been reading a book by Lysa TerKeurst called Uninvited. It’s a new book that talks about dealing with rejection and how our perception of how others see us plays into that. I am learning that while others often do hurt us, a lot of times that is magnified tenfold by our own selves. Similarly, I want to make sure not to stop myself from becoming who I am supposed to be by filling my heart with visions that are far better than I will probably ever be able to be. I’m not saying that we should use social media as a means to complain, mostly I’m just saying we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves if our lives are not Pinterest-worthy at every moment. It’s okay to struggle, and I guarantee that a good portion of the folks on your Instagram feed are struggling too. It’s okay not to want to project it, but don’t feel bad when you don’t always feel as good as everyone online seems.