3/29/14

how pinterest was ruining my life.

Pinterest.

If you don't have one, I'm sure you at least know what it is, or at least have heard the name before.
A wonderful website for the artists, dreamers, creators, aspiring chefs and bakers, interior designers, fashionistas, and yes even men make frequent use of it! Basically, you can post (pin) and re-pin things from websites that you want to keep track of, such as recipes, clothes, and DIY projects. 
I love Pinterest. In fact, a few months ago I made it the home screen for my internet. Not a smart move on my part...
It started to consume my free time. If I was bored, I would go on Pinterest. If class wasn't interesting I would go on Pinterest. If I wanted to sit and daydream about the future, I would open my laptop and there it would be, like a faithful friend. 
Now, I'm not saying anything is wrong with the site at all! It's perfect for planning and getting your ideas going. But when it comes to planning your future and having close to 6,000 pins and 46 boards, it can become a bit of an idol.
We are not in control of our lives. God is the only one who sees the future and where we'll be in 5, 10, and 30 years. We sit and pin all these ideas for weddings and houses and who knows, by the time that stage of our life gets here, those things I sat pinning for hours could be incredibly out of style! What a waste of time! Yes, getting ideas is good. Yes, looking for some inspiration for an immediate task or need in your life is great, but when it starts to become second nature to sit on Pinterest for 2-3 hours a day, its hazardous. Looking back I see all the time I wasted online when I could've been reading my Bible, or studying, or spending time with family and friends instead of laying in bed watching Netflix and pinning away. Pinterest began to stir a covetous and impatient heart in me. I didn't like what I saw, I didn't like the desires it was creating, and I didn't like the arguments it was heating with the ones I love. How petty and ridiculous to have a website drive your ambitions and desires to places where comparison and impatience are common. So first thing's first! Time to change my internet home page. Limiting myself the amount of time online also has helped a lot, and just like with any other fast or sacrifice, when the urge comes about to get online and covet and "dream," I read my Bible. I create. I journal. I pray. 
It's been the best decision I've made in a little while.

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." 
-Proverbs 19:21


2 comments:

  1. Wow, so true! Thanks for a good reminder. :)

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  2. I definitely see a lot of people spending so much time on Pinterest. I don't go on it enough, but there are other websites that I spend too much time on!

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