Pinterest – it’s a virtual pin board where we can pin recipes, cute shoes, birthday party ideas, great quotes, home decorating ideas, DIY tutorials, hair styles, and much, much more!
We love it (it’s the fastest growing social media platform right now) and apparently…according to my google search (I screenshot for you below)–we hate it.
I typed the words, “pinterest makes me feel” and this is what automatically came up:
So this is sad right? Because there is so much to learn and enjoy on Pinterest. But clearly the feast for our eyes there, makes us feel really bad about ourselves.
Let’s look at Exodus 31:1-5 and Exodus 35:25-35
Then the Lord said …“I have chosen Bezalel…I have filled him with the Spirit of God,…with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts… I have appointed Oholiab… to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.”
Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair…
And he has given both him and Oholiab… the ability to teach others.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
So what do Exodus and Pinterest have in common?
Designers, craftsmen, skilled women, and artists with the ability to teach others!
Who gave these men and women their artistic skills and abilities in Exodus?
Why did God give them?
For the building of the tabernacle – more specifically — for God’s purposes and glory.
Do you have the ability to paint, draw, garden, sew, knit, crochet, cook, design jewelry, birthday cakes, interiors of homes or bouquets of flowers?
These skills are God given. They’ve been put into your life to be used for God’s glory.
I am not artistic. I cannot even draw a good stick figure! My handwriting – it’s so ugly!
I cannot sew. I cannot knit. And I feel inferior to other women when it comes to decorating my home.
As far as cooking goes – I feel mediocre…that’s why I post Janelle’s recipes and not mine –although there are 61 of my own recipes dated back to 2009 and 2010 here on the blog but my photography was AWFUL! Again – the art of photography is not my strong suit either.
So when I look at Pinterest, I am floored at all the women’s many talents.
And I think of God.
In the beginning –God created the heavens and the earth –the sun, moon, and stars –the plants, animals and trees…and man.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”
~ Genesis 1:26
When we create, we reflect our creator.
When we look at Pinterest – let’s fight the feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, comparisons and competition and instead be in awe at the gifts and skills God has given women — who are made in His likeness.
Be in awe of the creator –of us!
We reflect His glory!
And when we make a birthday cake and it’s a #FAIL and looks nothing like the picture, we remember we live in a fallen world. Perfection waits for us in heaven.
And for those who God not only gave the skills but also the ability to teach (as seen in Exodus 35:34) may we teach to the glory of God.
As I said earlier, I’m not crafty with my hands…
I am a word crafter. I come to my keyboard daily and tap tap tap – crafting words into paragraphs. Making some bold. Making some italics. Writing titles. Purchasing a graphic to match the title. Then putting the title on the graphic. For me – it’s a work of art.
But HERE’S the kicker! I did not know I could write until 6 years ago. I did not start blogging with a dream to be an author. I wrote because I felt God leading me to disciple women on-line. This could have totally flopped. I was not the star writer in my high school or college writing classes. I did not even enjoy those classes.
So I wonder, what skill do you have, that you may not even KNOW you have?
Or what skill do you know you have, that you have been sitting on – not using?
Now is the time to pray and ask God if there is something He has gifted you to do – that you should be doing. Don’t underestimate how God wants to use YOU to make beautiful centerpieces or cupcakes for a church outreach. We need you!
When I realized that blogging was my craft, I began honing that skill. Guess what resource I used to learn…
Disclaimer: I am not saying we all need to be on Pinterest.
But if you DO have an account there – let’s drop the inadequate, mopey, woe is me feelings and start using it as a tool for learning, helping others and serving God.
Joy and purpose come when we turn our skills and abilities into service for not only our own family but for the church, community and the world.
Did it surprise you that God gave the Holy Spirit to enable these men to do their artistic work?
What skill do you have that you know God has given you? How are you using it for God’s glory?
What else did you learn this week in your reading in Exodus?
Walk with the King,