Thursday, September 29, 2011

Being a Pinographer

I confess. I'm a redeemed Pinographer. 

Not too long ago, I joined Pinterest. Almost immediately I was captivated by the beautiful photos that showed off design perfection, surreal photography, and picture-perfect rooms. They danced before my eyes lustfully. My laundry list of to-do crafts grew exponentially. Something else grew, too.

My sin.

Out in the design world, I am pretty sure the subject of sin doesn't come up too frequently. So maybe I am crossing into new terrain, but as Christians, we need to be aware of being a Pinographer, of being captivated by the things of this world, and longing for them more than we long for Jesus.

Someone once told me her husband answered, when asked, "What is Pinterest?", his response was "The home-maker's crack."

It's easy to get sucked in. It's easy to see things that you want and keep them for your eyes to see again and again while using the site, but I want to encourage you, if you are a Christian not to covet in the process.

God says in Deuteronomy 5, "And you shall not covet your neighbor's wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servants, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."

That's some good old Biblical language that basically says not to desire your friend's 3 story house, his picture perfect garden, his  pretty stuff, or his perfectly designed shelves that must go in your house!

It wasn't long after joining and using Pinterest that I saw this being repinned.
It was a proud declaration that, "I am a Pinographer!" It stopped me in my tracks. What was I doing here? I realized that I had been using the site, not as a helpful tool, but as a way to just build my dream home here on Earth. I had been longing for stuff I didn't have. I had been desiring things that weren't mine, and I had become more and more discontent with the things God had given to me!

It didn't help that I could see some of my Christian friends doing the same exact thing.

I decided to change my approach. I now am trying to use Pinterest for what it was designed to be, a tool. As I come across things that I need to remember, I pin it, but I'm not spending hours a day searching through what everyone else has posted so that I can longingly wish I had them, too. When a specific idea crosses my mind, I go search on Pinterest to find some inspiration or motivation. That's using it as a pretty handy tool that I am actually, quite thankful for! I'm not searching for the gazillion sticky notes where I wrote down something I need to remember, only to lose it later. 

It's not wrong to see a picture of something that you love and pin it to your board, but it is wrong to see that photo and want it more than you want your God or to let your desire for those things grow so that you become discontent with what God has already blessed you with.

I write this as a warning and an encouragement to be content whatever the circumstances like Paul. The truth is that I am a mom that stays home and no matter how hard I try the house is never as clean as I would like or there is always a dish to clean and toys scattered on the floor. There is never enough time to make things look perfect for a picture or to accomplish everything on my to-do list, but I need to find my complete desire in the Lord and be content with what he has given me. I don't come at you meaning to swat my Bible over your head, but I do want you to examine your desires and motivations, and change them to honor God if they are not a pleasing aroma to him!

 All this coming from one that DAILY and I mean, daily, has to be reminded to find my true contentment in Christ alone.

Love and prayers,