God, Pinterest, and a Media Saturated Culture
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Every time I mention Pinterest in conversation, I either hear a remark of love towards Pinterest or of inadequacy. People feel like they can never measure up to what they see on Pinterest or in magazines. These days, Pinterest is easily one of the greatest venues of comparison and object lust in our society. There are so many beautiful things on Pinterest that I want!

It’s so easy to obsess over the beautiful things we see around us and feel like we’ll never measure up. We lift weights and jog in hopes for the bodies that grace our TVs and magazine covers. We may have accepted that we will never have or be all of these things that the media holds up as perfection. Yet many of us are still not happy.

Why can’t I just be happy with who I am and what I have naturally? How do I always get tricked into believing that this other stuff is better? Why is it so easy for my identity and self-worth to be tied up in how I appear to others?

I don’t know why these things are true but this is how I deal with it. “We love because [God] first loved us”* is found in different variations all over the Bible. The idea that God loves me is hard to believe sometimes. But the way this concept is repeated in the Bible makes me think he really did mean what he said.

As far as loving things go, we don’t usually love things that don’t have a certain value to them. I don’t have an emotional attachment to my pots and pans. Once they break, I’ll replace them. I may as well have an equivalent value as pots and pans to God, but the Bible speaks differently about the relationship between God and humans. God loves us!

If God loves us it must mean we have innate worth and value. Enough worth and value that a perfect, all-knowing, generous, ever-present, always-existing being loves me – loves us!

Honestly, when I think about that, I don’t really care much about having a wardrobe fashioned after Kate Middleton or writing smart social commentaries on Facebook. Making yummy-looking hand pies from Pinterest doesn’t seem as pressing of an accomplishment to have. They just don’t matter to me as much.

Don’t get me wrong, I still use Pinterest regularly and try to keep up-to-date on pop culture. I just don’t let them make me feel bad. God loves me even if my life looks more like Regretsy.com than Etsy.com or Pinterestfail.com than Pinterest.com. You know what? Believing it really does make a difference.

Have you adjusted your media consumption or social media use to make it work for you? How do you manage the desire to compare your life with others?

* The Bible, 1 John 4:19 ESV

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One thought on “God, Pinterest, and a Media Saturated Culture

  1. Timothy Trouborst

    I definitely identify with what you’re saying. However, I think that when I compare myself to others I tend to judge them instead of judging myself. Do you think this is different? How does God’s love speak to thoughts of judgement and self-righteousness?

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