Oh Pinterest, how I love you. With the click of a mouse I have millions of other’s creativity at my fingertips. Ideas that never crossed my mind. Some ideas that have, but I’m clueless on how to execute. I love scouring my feed for solutions to my decorating nightmares, inspiration when my mind is stagnant and pinning away projects I’ll never actually do but pretend in my mind I will. You are an overflowing wealth of knowledge and beauty. Seriously.There is only one problem.
Sometimes, when I lean on you, cling to you and pilfer through your idea banks…my imagination stops working. When you so graciously spoon feed me how-to’s and what to do’s, I stop thinking about my own ideas. I get all caught up in trying to make my house and stuff look like someone else’s. I want to abandon my natural style and way of thinking for those of total strangers. Sometimes, you even make me feel bad about myself. My food isn’t as pretty, my living room as stylish or my wardrobe as trendy as all the lovelies that grace my pin roll.
It’s ok – I understand, you only want the best for me. I get it, you never meant harm. The blame rest partially on my shoulders. Constantly, I have to remind myself that all the gorgeousness represents people’s best works and inspiration. Sometimes it’s their life’s work!
So I’ve decided we need to shake up our relationship a bit. I don’t want to break up, cause really it’s about me not you. Breaking up would be horrific. I’m just suggesting changing things up. I need a little alone time. So now, when I have a new project in mind or some marvelous piece of junk lands in my lap, I am going to think about it all by myself first. Next I will come up with my own idea, from my own imaginative brain, execute said project, post it to Pinterest, THEN look and see what others have done! I’m sure I will find similar versions of my project floating around out there, and that’s OK. But my brain needs to be used, have a little pep talk and get it’s creative juices flowing. I hope you’ll understand. Let’s see how it goes for a while and maybe soon we can have another DTR talk. I just needed to let you know I love, but I love my imagination more.
I have sat in countless sermons and bible studies, read a multitude of amazing books, been inspired and convicted by other’s devotionals and blog posts. They are all amazing God inspired works. We need each other, we gleam insight and wisdom from other people’s thoughts and interpretations. For heaven’s sake I am asking you to follow me!!! God gifted people to teach his word. So don’t get me wrong here…all of these are good, necessary tools in the growth of your knowledge and relationship with Christ. BUT, one of the biggest blessings I’ve encountered is when God called me away from everyone else’s thoughts and ideas and invited me to spend time in His word. Just the two of us. No other influence or interpretation. No other filters or explanations.
Friends, I’m not kidding, taking a break from bible study was scary for me. (like I want to use some big Halloween googley eyed font here scary) I was afraid of loosing the accountability of having a weekly lesson complete and due. Afraid I’d miss the social aspect. Honestly, I was afraid I wouldn’t understand a thing I read. I’m still somewhat new to this whole bible study thing.
God kept gently calling, asking me to trust Him.
He was right.
I’m telling you guys it has been such an amazing journey and blessing to just spend time alone with God. I haven’t missed the social interaction, he has made up for it in other ways. Accountability – I probably spend more time in the word now than I did then. And understanding? I’m not some major Theologian, but I have gotten along just fine. (Proverbs 2: 6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.) Because God is that personal and meets us where we are. His word is living and breathing. (Hebrew 4:12) Comparison to how much others know and I don’t or frustration over a difference in views have no place when it is just the Lord and me. It’s refreshing to say the least. This is a season for me. It will not last forever. I will desire fellowship and thirst for challenges to gain knowledge from strong spiritual leaders again. Probably sooner than later. But I am relishing this private party for two right now.
I hope you will pray about taking a little leap. It may not be what you need right now in your walk, but if you’ve been hearing his invitation and are hesitating like I did, please jump. Jump off the fence and into his arms, he will not let you fall. (Psalm 146:2 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.)
Here is a little project I put to the test. I thought of it all on my own. No Pinterest inspiration. But it is on Pinterest now 🙂 …and I would love it if you would pin it too! Or follow me so you can see all my favorite Pinteresty goodness. Of course, I’m sticking to my brain first, Pinterest second motto for a while. You’ll have to let me know what you think…
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