I am a colossal fan of Pinterest. I don’t go there often, because it has a tendency to suck me into an abyss of bewitching decor, a slew of delectable recipes I’ll never use, and oodles of parapherlnalia I never knew I needed. I consider myself a “power-pinner”. When I do spend some time on Pinterest, I can pin with the best of them. In fact, if there was such a thing as Pinterest-Olympics, I’m sure I’d medal.
I believe Pinterest can be a dangerous and risky place for women, as precious, irrevocable moments can easily be squandered on empty fantasies and vain imaginations, spending time looking at ideas we’ll never use. I love this post called “10 of the Craziest Pinterest Ideas Ever“. There are some ridiculous things to be found there, including wreaths made of thumbtacks, and “unicorn-poop-cookies”! Social media constantly vies for our attention, and rapidly takes our focus off the most important items at hand – including people who desperately need our love and affection, and the real-life homes we live in.
Pinterest began with 5000 users in 2010, and in January of 2012 “comScore” reported it had nearly 12 million users, of which (reportedly) up to 80% are women. It’s unquestionably hitting a chord with many of us! Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting”, and they’re certainly doing just that!
All that said, here’s my little Pinterest-theory.
In “the good old days”, women shared recipes, practical housekeeping tips and homemaking skills with other women in their community. They met for quilting days. They helped each other grow beautiful gardens and then preserve their harvests. They shared tried-and-true recipes on special index cards. They gave younger women tremendous, practical advice on marriage, babies, and anything else under the sun.
Of course this still happens in some rare circles, but in my observation, I (sadly) believe a vast majority of women feel detached and isolated, with no one around them to share the information they need, in order to make the lives they long to create for themselves and their family. Many of us live far away from mothers, aunts, and other nurturing figures, and have not found (and plugged-in) to a network of women with more experience and life-wisdom.
It may not be ideal, and it certainly isn’t as romantic as the pictures one can imagine when thinking of “get-togethers” in days gone by, but Pinterest extends a chance to connect with others, filling a
niche need of so many women. I love to scan my friends boards to find recipes for our family dinner. I turned to Pinterest when I was teaching our daughter how to sew, and found a host of brilliant, beginner patterns. I could go on, and on, with the ideas I’ve found and USED, from this extensive resource. The photo about shows some birds our family crafted, using a free template from Pinterest. The inspiration seems infinite! I know people who are now hosting Pinterest parties; where they meet and share the recipes and skills they’ve acquired. It seems to be making a full circle!
In conclusion, there is a challenge here for us who are Christians. Titus 2:3-5 tells us that older women should teach and train younger women in matters of marriage, family and home. I deeply admire women who are taking the time to mentor those around them, and investing into the lives of others. We need real-life examples, guidance and encouragement, in order to become a Proverbs 31 woman. I encourage all of us to share the unique wisdom God has graciously given us, and to find women who will help us learn the skills we need for a beautiful life, of inspired living. We all have something to give, and something to learn, from the women God has placed in our lives.