Putting Instagram Into Focus

Bethany Baird 12/05/12
Category: Media ; 40 comments

The wheels of the plane finally touched the ground in Austria. I had been waiting for this moment my entire life. I grew up listening to my grandmother (Helga Aousia Grosslercher) tell story after story of her life in the far-away land of Austria. She grew up during the days of Hitler and even watched her father get arrested and taken away as a prisoner of war.

When she was in her mid-twenties, she met my grandpa who was in the United States Army, and they soon fell in love and moved back to America. My grandmother has been back to her hometown many times, but I had only heard stories. This past summer I was finally able to experience my heritage and see everything my grandmother had always told me about. It was one of the most amazing trips of my entire life.

self-portraitAs you can imagine, I was extremely eager to share all of my pictures with my family as soon as I took them. Fortunately, with the help of a very handy app on my iPhone, I was able to do that. I'm sure almost all of you either use or have heard of Instagram ... it was incredible being able to take a picture in Austria and immediately post it and send it out to all my friends and family back in America!

After my trip, I noticed that Instagram continued to be a very permanent part of my day. I also noticed myself spending even more time browsing my friends' pictures and seeing the latest scoop in their lives.

A few weeks after I got back home, I noticed I was struggling to have a solid daily devotional. I also noticed I was spending a good thirty minutes to an hour every day on Instagram. Let's just say after praying about Instagram, God quickly convicted me of the amount of time I was spending on there, and I decided to remove the app from my phone. Although I still think it's a cool program and can definitely be used for good, I think a lot of us (myself included) are or have been using it in the wrong way. Let me share with you some of the things I've noticed about Instagram, and let me know what you think.

One of the main things I've noticed is that people tend to post a lot of individual pictures of themselves. Some people call these pictures "selfies." Most of you probably know exactly what I am talking about. Let me just be extremely honest here with my thoughts. Feel free to discuss below and agree or disagree, but I think it's worth considering.

Imagine if I walked up to you at church and held out a picture of me smiling. Wouldn't that seem awkward and self-focused? We do things on Instagram that we would never do in real life. We can post countless pictures of ourselves smiling or driving or eating or whatever it is and feel totally normal about it. When you take a step back and look at it from an outside perspective, doesn't this seem a bit strange to you? I came across this on gotquestions.org and thought they summarized it perfectly.

In addition, Christians should be aware of the danger of the narcissism (excessive self-love and preoccupation with self) inherent in self-oriented sites. Studies have shown that overuse or wrong motives in social media participation can breed narcissism. When we rely on social media sites primarily to promote ourselves or draw attention to ourselves, it is time to take a step back.

Besides the issue of Instagram tending to be a time-waster, I think narcissism is one of the biggest problems of all. Posting pictures of ourselves and waiting for the compliments to flow in so that we feel good—who doesn't love it when people tell them how pretty or beautiful they look? But could these "selfie" pictures be another way we are focusing our time and attention on ourselves instead of focusing on God?

First Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

With this verse in mind, we need to ask ourselves a few questions:

  • Am I using Instagram as a tool to promote myself or to promote God?
  • What is my goal in posting a "selfie" picture?
  • Could I make better use of my time rather than spending it on Instagram?
  • How much time do I spend every day on Instagram?
  • How much time do I spend every day in God's Word?

Like I said at the very beginning of this blog post, I think Instagram is a great program that can be used for good—just like I was able to share my pictures with my family all the way from Austria. However, I'm challenging you to take a step back and evaluate your time and postings on Instagram. When I stepped back, I noticed there were definitely some things wrong with it in my own life.

I would love to know what you girls think about Instagram. Let me know your thoughts below.

Comments

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    ElCeeDee
    Re:.
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:02 am
    Really well written, Thank you!
    Meg
    Food pics and landscapes
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:15 am
    These are the things I use my instagram for. Aside from occasional shots of my eye, or, more frequently, my teddy bear and other things in my dorm room (I just like playing wig the filters) my pics are almost exclusively artsy shots of whatever I happen to be baking, or my gorgeous school campus. Therefore, I would say that I don't really have an instagram problem. I definitely spend more time with God than I do on instagram, so I think I'm all good here. Doctor who things on the internet, however, are somewhat of a different story...
    Janice
    Wow.
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:48 am
    Wow, I was just recently thinking about this. For me, it has been an on and off thing. When I first got Instagram, I was extremely addicted to it that I spent literally hours on it. However, I felt God was telling me this was way over board. I also saw photos which I didn't want to see, (once you see them it's quite hard to erase it from your mind). So I deleted the app.
    Later on, I added it on again, but this time praying to God that I would spend less time on it. I had to forcefully shut the app when I went on for too long and in the long run I did spend less time on it.

    But I totally agree, lately I have been just absorbed in checking out the notifications and whether someone has 'liked' or 'commented' on my photos. I think.. it's time to go again (it won't kill me for sure). But thank you for reminding me that everything is for the glory of God. Even not in instagram, I think that because generation was born in the era of social media, it's so easy to be self-absorbed. When everything should be showing our love for God and who are we to exalt ourselves?

    Thanks for the aweessome post again :) I really appreciate it because I know I can relate to it, and probably many others.
    Cheyanne
    Know what you mean...
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:26 am
    I have a pinterest and made a rule that I will not post anything of myself and only things that promote God...
    Marie Sumo
    Instagram problem
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:27 am
    Another post that hit me hard again. I really thank God for my two missionaties ladies who bought us the book and I got introduce to the website. Because every posts always somehow relate to me. I do have instagram,and I post lictures of myself a lot of times and be waiting for the "likes" and "comments". But I also post Bible verses and other family members and places. And from the beginning I used to spend alot of time being on instagram,but this couple of weeks been hard for me,i lost two loved one in Nobember,and my phone been giving me problems by not charging. So I really only check my instagram two to three times a day for at least 5 mintues each. Thanks for this post,it just taught me another lesson and reminded me of that verse. My pastor always saying that verse to us every chance he get with us,especially the youth in my church.
    RachelAllison
    Great post!
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Wonderful post, Bethany! I think this is exactly what us girls need to hear. It is oh so easy to get caught up in oneself. I can definitely see how these things can be a problem, not just with Instagram, but with so many other apps and websites. Facebook, especially. I know for a fact that every time there is a picture of me (selfie or not), I'm a bit excited to see what people will comment or how many likes it will get. In the end, do you think selfies are always wrong? I mean, there are many things in this world that, if we were to use them with the proper attitude, would not be wrong. For me, I'm a photographer and I hardly ever end up in front of the camera myself (I'm always behind it... lol), so the age old problem is I hardly ever get any good pictures taken of me. So sometimes if I need a profile pic for something, I'll snap a quick shot and use that. But the problem is my attitude as I'm putting it up and even as I'm taking it. The attitude is the issue here, as usual. And it is certainly something that I need to work on. So what do you think? Are selfies always wrong or is it the attitude so often behind it?
    Christina
    Instagram?...
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:18 am
    I really do not know what Instagram is. I can say that there are many other things a person can get addicted to. The radio, TV, music, computer, internet, etc. All of these things can take away time from God. We need to be careful and keep ourselves in check when it comes to this stuff. If you have to, remove what causes you to sin. Take yourself away from the situation.
    Reality, Please!
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:30 am
    Very timely and very well-written! I could not agree more that most social media sites promote narcissism. Before joining Facebook, I never would have found mundane parts of my life something worth sharing. Now? Everything is postable. It's a mess and it's time to step far, far back.
    Karissa Paull
    Instagram
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    I do have an Instagram, but I don't go on it much at all. My cousin made it for me one time when I was at her house (she really wanted me to get one, and had been asking me for a long time, so she finally made one for me herself). Like I said, I don't go on it much at all. There are days, I will go on it a couple times, but other times where I will go days without checking it. The past couple weeks I haven't been on it at all, because my ipod has not been working. I can say that I haven't missed it though. It hasn't been a big deal for me at all.
    When I do get on, I don't post practically any photos of (only) myself... Only a couple over the time I have had Instagram. And, if there is a picture of me, there is usually someone else in it (one of my siblings, or cousins, etc). I love to bake, and have been baking a lot recently, so I will usually put up a picture of my most recent experiment! :)
    And I totally know what you mean about people posting selfies (more so on Facebook, though). That is something that I have struggled with a lot. Because, a lot of my friends and cousins post SO many pictures of themselves, and EVERY SINGLE picture, people comment and say "Beautiful" or "Gorgeous" or "Pretty" or anything like that. And then they like the comment, and say "Aw, thanks." It bugs me a lot, especially since it's like EVERY picture, and ALL the time. I think it's because they are insecure or something. They want people to comment and say how beautiful they are, cause they like it, and makes them feel good. But, like you said, who wouldn't like that? I just try to remember to not "fish for compliments", cause I am beautiful in God's eyes, and He made me just the way He wants me to be. :) I don't need people to "confirm it" for me. :) And I don't post many "selfies" other than my profile pictures (which is of my brother and I right now), or if someone else took the picture of me (not myself... would that still be considered a selfie if someone else took it and not you? haha).
    So, what I think about Instagram is that it's not a bad thing as long as you don't post tons of "selfies" and waste time on it (spending more time on it, and FB than you do with God). Great post, thanks for sharing!
    Oh, I have a quick question. I was wondering if you have ever done a post on Makeup, or if you think you will ever do one? I would love to hear what your thoughts are on it, and what you think Scripture might have to say about it. Honestly, I don't wear any makeup, at all, and don't think I will any time soon, if ever, but like I said, I would love to see what you thought. :) Thanks! Have a wonderful day!
    In Christ,
    Karissa Noelle
    Rebekah
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Another brilliant post! Really making me think about how much I use Instagram.
    I would never have outright thought that I used Instagram as a method of gaining compliments but now I can see that I do. Going to make a real effort now to use it only for necessary things!
    Carol
    Encouragement!
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    I have used Instagram for about a year and I have 100's of pictures posted. I try to stay away from posting too many people shots, I save them for facebook. I have seen so many self-promoting profiles and so many offensive posts. About 6 months ago I realized that Instagram could be used as a Light in a very dark world. So I keep posting my pics-mainly nature shots-and include an applicable bible passage as my first comment (the one that doesn't disappear as other comments are added). It's really easy to do using my You Version Bible app. I toggle back and forth between the two. Then I add my tags in the next comment. I love knowing that many people from all walks and faiths are exposed to the Word and His Word will not return void! I avoid divisive theological editorials and simply focus of sharing Christ thru the Word and sharing His love in a very unloving world. Where else can I share Jesus with people all over the world in a moment and I have fun sharing my picture as well!
    Carol
    BTW
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    I'd love to see your pictures from Austria! I bet they are gorgeous!
    And yes, it does take discipline and caution not to allow media to consume too much time. I'm put Christ first... quiet time first thing in the morning. I limit checking my pages and posts to once a day. Usually in the evening. And by posting scripture, I get to spend more time in His Word.
    I'm also careful of who I follow. Only real people that I know, other like-minded believers, nature photographers, missionaries, etc. I never use chat, or reveal my location, or try to meet people... that's just not smart.
    lulu
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    Wonderful post, Bethany. I heard of Instagram, but I couldnt care less about the thing. Your post does remind me of facebook we can use for good or be so addicted to it. Five weeks ago the LORD lay it on my heart so heavy that instead of running to him in his word & prayers. I was running to facebook, it's the same old thing. I even notice Christian people enjoying bringing glory to themselves it's becoming so narsacistic. Ever since that I made a decision that I will only check my facebook on Sunday once a week. I dont even miss one bit. I notice that it was becoming an Idol and that is not a very good thing. I feel at peace and more enjoying my quiet time with the LORD then rushing off to see the self me and I world we are leaving it.
    girl
    Nice job Bethany:D
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    I agree Bethany! And this can be applied to facebook, twitter, myspace, pinterest, and other social sites.

    BTW, I noticed you got some info about "self-centeredness" from 'GotQuestions.org'. That site it cool! But be warned, when you email them questions and they reply, it's volunteers replying. My friend asked a question reguarding creation and he did NOT give her a Biblical answer but one much more based on his own science ideas, and she said it really threw her off.
    Elisabeth
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    That was a really great post! I had never thought about it that way before. I think doing things online that you wouldn't do in person applies to most of life and not just instagram.
    Tabby
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    I don't have an instagram, but while I was reading this I did realize that when I post things on Facebook, it's usually to bring attention to myself. Even if it's good, encouraging, godly stuff I'm posting, I usually end up thinking about how I want people to "like" or comment on it and not about how it will glorify God. I think I need to stop posting on Facebook just for attention. I felt convicted while reading this. Thanks!
    Jennifer
    Narcissism
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    I happen not to have Instagram or anything like it, not really anything online at all, but I think that we can do the same thing in doing things like picking out an outfit for the day. We often are looking for the same kind of feed-back you talked about. I personally found this article very convicting.
    Jennifer
    devotions
    on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    My church recently started a Ladies bible study for young ladies as well as older ones. It's main focus is about doing devotions, and one thing that we did was get an accountability partner. I noticed that I started doing my devotions much more regularly, and it was good doing the fellowship as well. I would encourage doing this, just asking a friend and keeping each other accountable, praying and sharing. Just a thought...
    Meelisa
    Hmm...
    on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm
    I have instagram and yes it can be a distraction I'm trying to learn how to control it :)
    Shelby
    I'm going to change...
    on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    I just made a Facebook about a year ago..then I made an Instagram...then a Twitter..then a Pinterest...then a Tumblr. I was getting so sucked into the idea of social networking, and I loved how it worked! But it got WAY too crazy. I did exactly what you did, and took a step back. I deleted my twitter and tumblr. And I'm spending less time on the other sites..but I still feel like I spend too much time on them, so I'm going to download a devotional app. And when i want to go on the social networking sites, I just will open it. OR read your posts! They're almost like a little devotional, and I love them!
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @RachelAllison
    on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:09 am
    God tells us to "not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think." (Rom. 12:3) It is in the attitude for sure that "selfless" become wrong. If it has any thoughts of "me" in it, looking for a compliment, promoting self, it is wrong. "...but in humility, consider others more important than yourself." (Phil. 2:3)
    Wendy Blake
    Re:
    on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    Ah man! I just realized that I spend more time eating than I do on God's Word. Definitely another thing that is causing me to be self-centered! No more eating.
    Wait... Wha...? NO! God doesn't want us to quit anything that isn't "God orientated". He wants us to enjoy life. Should I get rid of my 30 rose bushes, or quit my cancer therapy, or stop facebooking as well??? No, Facebooking is how I stay connected to people. Relationships are part of who God made me to be. Sharing pictures with people who God put into my life is part of who He has made me to be. Adopting "addictions" (better known as hobbies) is also part of who He made me to be.
    Should we keep Him first in our life? YES! Should we stop eating chocolate because it could contribute to narcissism? I don't think He would encourage that. There is a point where deleting things from your life, because they aren't as "God centered" as a perfect you would like to be, actually becomes "Self centered". Because, after all, you do want to be the most perfect you so that others can know that you are perfect... right?
    Stephanie Breznau
    I agree with Wendy Blake...
    on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 8:38 am
    I couldn't say it any better than Wendy Blake just did and I agree with her 100%. :-)
    bubble
    Good use
    on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    I don't get on Instagram or FB to see 1,000,000 landscape photos (not that I don't enjoy a good landscape). I want to see what other people are doing, how they are, what's going on! A picture of their cat or a funny sign or them with a group of friends or whatever else they see and want to share. A "selfy" means I get to see THEM. They are sharing themselves. Why should we have to hide ourselves? BEHOLD I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that my soul knoweth right well! So I will take a picture of it!
    I agree that some things can become an obsessive time trap for some people but that just means you need to dial it back. As with many technologies, websites and apps, if you don't like it or it bothers you, don't use it. It doesn't mean you need to make it sound like posting photos on a regular basis is a negative or unhealthy thing and most people on instagram are narcissistic sinners. Maybe some are, but most are people just enjoying life and sharing it with others.
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @Wendy Blake and Stephanie Breznau
    on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:07 am
    Trying to attain perfection by deleting or adding things into our lives is indeed futile, Wendy. Scripture calls that trying to please the living God with dead works.

    “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).”

    We who are followers of Jesus have nothing good in and of ourselves. Our only hope is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s HIS righteous works that enable us to have a personal relationship with God. In fact it’s His very righteousness that becomes ours, when we receive the gift of salvation (1 Corinthians 1:30). So do we boast of our righteousness that is found in Jesus Christ. Absolutely! “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31).”

    Be assured, friends, that though a hobby could become an addiction, addictions are best defined as bondage not hobbies. Jesus paid the price that we might be set free from the bondage of sin – that includes addictions (Romans 6:6). We were created to enjoy the fullness of relationship with God and with others. That fullness is never realized through addiction.
    Patricia Angelene
    Re:
    on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:35 am
    Very well explained. This is such a mind-opener. Though I have no Instagram, I completely understand how it affects people's view of self-worth..Really it feels good to be complimented by people but then I'm in the process now of getting away with this obsession. I am realizing that I am beautiful because God made me. I don't need any assurance from people.I am secured on how God looks at me-precious and beautiful :)
    Antonia
    Re:
    on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    This is exactly the reason I deleted my tumblr back in June. I made a rule that every 3rd or 4th post would be reflecting who I was in Christ, and looking through other Christians' blogs was such an encouragement, but I ultimately found that it was taking time away from reading my bible. Not only that, but my blog *had* to work in colour schemes, meaning that meticulous planning was required. What was once self-expression and arty had become a means of control. God convicted me, and I deleted it. The problem was, this was my THIRD tumblr. Each time they were deleted for the same reasons.

    Just yesterday I was considering making one again. This post has hit me hard and made me realise that my reasons for wanting this were mainly selfish, and preventing me from stumbling over the same inner conflict and sin for the fourth time. And I've just deleted my twitter for the same reasons! I can now start using my bible app to fill my time waiting for the bus :)
    Anonymous
    Re:
    on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:36 am
    Woww thanks Alot! I didn't really think much about the time I've been spending on it. Great reminder:)
    Annoymous
    instagrams
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:27 am
    I am a high school teacher and Christian. Sadly, I see my nieces, nephews, friend's 20's, etc. posting pictures of themselves drinking, partying, and seemingly trying to portray a "look how fabulous" my life is. They sometimes throw in a verse from the bible, quote or something about modesty or kindness, etc. but it is going totally against the image that they are portraying. One relative does this constantly. There is no donating blood, picking a child's name who will have no Christmas, volunteering at a food bank, not even dropping a $50 dollar buck in Salvation Army and she has the money. I hope that her parents continue to support her lifestyle or she marries a wealthy man because I'd have serious reservations about hiring someone that vain and selfish.

    It's keeping people from getting jobs, it making people lose friends, if a college is competitive to get admitted (they would pass over someone who projects this image). We preach it constantly in school. You need to manage your social media reputation. Not that you have to be shown going to church everyday. But posting pictures daily of your life (often alone) or being "fabulous" with your friends drinking, with spray tans, nails, eye lashes, designer clothes, showing your newly painted toe nails (which is just gross unless you are a foot model) or barely any clothes is just a huge turn off.

    I notice it's young girls doing this far more than guys.

    I just wish people would post pictures of others who are doing something really wonderful Or do it themselves as an example. To me, beauty is inside and out. It saddens me on so many levels.
    Clarissa
    Honestly, I Have Never Used Instagram
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:58 am
    I am proud to say that I have never used Instagram. The only social networking websites that I use are Facebook and Gmail. I hardly ever log on to my email account and I use Facebook over excessively. However, I think that people who take pictures of themselves, myself included with Facebook, are taking these pictures to promote themselves instead of God, whether it is intentionally or unintentionally. If they were truly trying to promote God, they would be editing their pictures and decorating them with Bible verses, so that some of their viewers focus is taken away from their face. People could also post pictures that they find on Google or Facebook that have quotes about God on them, instead of pictures exclusively advertising them.
    I know that when I post pictures on Facebook, my goal is that people will think that I'm a pretty girl or they will notice my new hair cut or outfit and like it. It is not bringing glory to God in any way, shape, or form. It is egotistical and prideful.
    I don't think that I can answer the third question adequately, so I will answer it like a question about Facebook instead of Instagram. I do think that my time could be better spent away from Facebook and that I should limit my log ins to once a day or twice a day. On average, I'd say that I log on to Facebook four-seven times a day. It's a little bit too excessive. Instead of being on Facebook, I could be spending extra time on homework, with God, or with friends and family.
    For the fourth question, I will substitute it as an answer for Facebook. I would estimate that I spend about two-three hours on Facebook a day, depending on who's online and if there's anything interesting to see.
    I'm sad to admit that I only spend about an hour in God's Word every day: thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes at night before I go to bed.
    Maybe I should delete my Facebook, all it is a distraction, just like you said that Instagram was a distraction and was becoming too excessive.
    Emily
    Selfie Situation
    on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am
    You hit the nail on the head! I have really been struggling with my 7th grade daughter's addiction to instagram. She is constantly posting "selfies" and using language she wouldn't use in an actual verbal conversation (nothing profane, just trying to make herself sound "cool".) I've been having a hard time putting my finger on why this isn't a good thing, and you're absolutely right, it's narcicissm. It's generation "look at me, look at me"! I am going to have a talk with her and I just pray she'll be receptive to this. Thanks for such insight and the reality check!
    Gigi
    Hope Selfies are a fade.
    on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    I come from a huge family. I have a lot of 2 something family members and friends with daughters that are in that age group. Since I have a master's degree in psychology, I have begun very fascinated with why these young women do selfies or post pictures of them doing things that are sometimes so insignificant or that show them partying, "bragging" about the great party they are at, the gift they just got, etc.

    All of these young women and their friends are attractive. I don't think it is a self esteem issue. I think it is a huge ego driven issue. So many employers Google potential employers. I know people who have lost potential jobs because employers didn't like the "party" image, the TMI, etc.

    I hope so much that this is a fade. It started with My Space, then Facebook, Twitter and now the Instagram.

    I can't imagine how much time it takes to get ready for these pictures with perfect hair, makeup, clothing, lighting, etc.

    It is also scary to me that these young women post where they live, where they are going, where they live, if they are alone, etc.

    I would be so impressed if I pictures of these people doing something for charity. Some post pictures of bible versus that completely contradict what they are portraying.
    Becca
    Instagram
    on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:41 am
    I honestly don't see why you have to like promote God with like instgram it's your personal things and it's not necessarily promoting yourself. And why should there be a goal there's no goal it's just having fun, and it only takes a few seconds to take a picture and post it to Instagram so...
    Jess
    Instagram
    on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    You make some excellent points here! I have 2 opposite views on social media sites and I agree on your point about them being a way to promote yourself and not God! This is why I try and post verses and I am part of christian groups to do with camps and conferences I have been on! I struggle with this. But on the other hand I think I would struggle in life without them because most people that I'm really close with, I never see and its hard to not be able to talk to them! So I just thank you for this and I'm going to start trying to promote God more in my life through these social media sites including instagram!
    Lisa~
    Re:
    on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:33 am
    Great points! I do use Instagram, but I am constantly checking myself to be sure I am using that time wisely. I didn't take your post to say that you were down on Instagram, but on getting lost in anything that takes our focus off of God and His desire for us.

    And I do "selfies" occasionally (maybe once a week). But I never want people to give me a compliment (in fact it makes me kind of uncomfortable) but I do it because I want to show the woman behind the scenes. I often wonder when I am following someone, "Who is she really?" and I want to show that I am real. Of course, my self pictures are generally focusing on something else and I am just in the picture.

    Anyway, thanks for the reminder to be prayerful about how you spend your time. Instagram or anything else can steal you away from spending time with God if you let it. Lisa~
    Kimberly
    better late than never!! haha
    on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm
    So, a few weeks ago, I deleted ALL my social media(facebook, instagram, everything) because i realized I was spending waaay too much time on it, and I found myself either becoming annoyed, jealous, or sad when I logged in. However, I recently opened a new fb account, just to keep in touch with a few people I met when I was in Africa on a mission trip...that's the only way I have to keep in touch with them. I'm not going to post anything, just send them messages. However, lately, I've been considering getting back on instagram, because I have no place to put my pictures! Haha..I'm just wondering if I can keep it in check, and not go back to the way it was! Suggestions and prayer would be greatly appreciated! Thank yall! :)
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Kimberly
    on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    I am so proud of you, Kimberly, for the steps you have taken to get control of your social media outlets. If you choose to get back into them, I encourage you to limit yourself to a certain amount of time with them as they can consume your time before you know it if you aren’t on top of it. It might be good to let someone who lives with you know how you’ve seen it overtake your life, what your time away was like, what you are planning on doing now. Ask them to hold you accountable to living in control of your social media rather than having it control you. Could you talk to your mom or dad about that? I’m praying for your wisdom and discernment as you make the decision about how to proceed.
    Kimberly
    @Lorree
    on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    Thanks! I definitely know what you mean about it taking up your time!! I will talk with my mom about it! :) by the way, I just want to say this blog has helped me with so many things!!! Truly a blessing!
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    Pretty much all my friends have an instagram, and while I would never post any pictures of me (every single one of the pictures I've ever been in always look really bad) my parents probably won't give me an instagram until I get a laptop, which probably won't be until college, and by then Instagram won't be anything cool anymore. One of my friends posts a lot of encouraging quotes and stuff, along with pictures of her and her horse, and another one of my friends is addicted to Instagram, and another ALWAYS posts pictures of herself. It gets sort of annoying.
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