I like to call Pinterest my “cheap therapy.” Of course, that would necessitate that I’m usually visiting Pinterest when I’m tired, discouraged, lonely, hungry, or all of the above. Rarely do I hop on Pinterest just because I’m feeling so happy and content with my life. And when I’m not, I somehow think that I will feel better by looking pictures of pretty things I don’t have and ideas for crafty things I will never create.
I’ve always had the highest respect for my friend Everly’s commitment to not having a wedding board on Pinterest, since she’s not yet planning a wedding. But then it hit me: why is this discipline limited to singles and wedding boards? What about my dream home organization ideas? What about those ridiculously intricate crafts I will never create? Am I curating contentment or covetousness by pinning those ideas?
Your Pinterest boards say a lot about you, according to the fun new eBook Pin-terpretation. But what if my Pinterest boards are displaying more than just my random personality and my love of bright colors? What if my Pinterest boards are reflecting the state of my heart? Are my boards showing contentment in my circumstances or a desire for more of this, less of that?
My crafty friends have boards called “Completed Pins”, where they repin all the Pinterest ideas they’ve actually completed. But I know I’ll never be completing any of those creative ideas I find on Pinterest, unless you count completing a recipe. So I decided instead to create a “Contented Pins” board, where I repin the things that remind me to be content, whatever my circumstances.
But I can’t let it stop with just one board. I know I need to exercise discipline on all of Pinterest, and in more than just pinning exercise ideas.
Am I pinning the things I have, or the things I want?
Are my pins fostering thankfulness, or discontent?
Am I repinning things that make me smile, or things that are crude humor?
Am I pinning contented pins?
Would anyone be able to tell I love Jesus from what I pin on my Pinterest boards?
What if we started pinning less about the things we want, more about contentment? What if we were pinning more than just pithy quotes? What if the Word of God was always to be found on your Pinterest home page? What if we pinned like we really believed Hebrews 13:5? What if we each had a “Contented Pins” board, filled with the things that help remind us to be content in the circumstances we find ourselves in? (Especially those circumstances that make us turn to Pinterest for cheap therapy.)
But it’s about more than just what I repin—it’s also about the Pinterest boards I follow. I finally realized it was making me feel overwhelmed to have my Pinterest home page clogged with ideas I would never create. So I started unfollowing the boards that were all creative and crafty ideas. But I also started unfollowing the boards that were littered with crude humor and unlovely ideas, the boards that were filled with images of the body I’ll never have, the lifestyle I’ll never live.
What if we applied Philippians 4:8 to our Pinterest boards? What if we started curating contentment on Pinterest?
“Finally, sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, pin and repin these things.”