I love Pinterest. You can find everything there from birthday party ideas to the best way to clean red fruit juice out of your carpet. I often find myself shaking my head in wonder at the amazing creativity of other people.
I've found, though, that Pinterest, like Facebook or even reading blogs can sometimes be demoralizing. I look at all of the amazing things that other people are posting, then I look around my cluttered desk and my less-than-organized house and I feel inadequate. I let the creativity and public face of others affect how I see myself.
The truth is that a lot of what we post on social media is what we want others to see. It's not often that you see posts about how people yelled at their husband and kids not five minutes into the day. You don't see posts about the Top 5 ways to get to go to the bathroom without having a child follow you.
But social media can also be an encouragement. It's a way to keep in touch with people you don't see very often. It can be a tool for encouragement and laughter. And it can be a great way to learn what others are doing and borrow an idea or too.
As many things as you can find on Pinterest these days, the one thing you couldn't find until now was Everyday Truth. I have a personal Pinterest page, but Everyday Truth did not have it's own page. That changes today. You can now follow Everyday Truth on Pinterest by clicking here or on that nifty Pinterest button up in the right-hand corner of the page.
I'll be posting things from the blog along with cool ideas I find around the Internet. My hope is that the Everyday Truth Pinterest page will be an encouragement to you. I hope that you'll find some great ideas to love and encourage your families. And I pray that you won't be discouraged by comparing yourself to others.
When you visit Pinterest or Facebook or any social media, remember that they are tools that we can use for encouragement, learning and entertainment. Don't compare yourself to others. What you see there is the best of that person. Simply take the ideas that work for you and use them. Leave everything else behind. And know that God doesn't see the public face you put on Pinterest or Facebook. He sees the real you, the less-than-perfect, sometimes struggling parent who relies daily on God's grace to get through the day. That person, the one behind the witty Facebook status or the perfect Pinterest picture is the one He loves.