Have you seen the hashtag #iamamaker?
Posts all over Instagram highlight those of us who create; quilters, knitters, those who crochet, sewers, etc. It’s awesome to use the talents God has given to create something either for a loved one or for sale to provide for our families.
There’s always a but with me. I don’t know if it’s just me or if you feel it too. That big nagging feeling that there’s a compromise I have to make to try to grow my social media presence if I want to highlight my “maker” goods. And, if I’m being honest, I want to highlight God not “my” anything. Without God, I can’t create or hope to grow my business. I can’t do anything. The thing about social media is that it makes a person focus on themselves rather than putting God first.
Is it just me or does that bother you too? Am I alone in feeling like Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest are all about me, me, me? When did we decide to buy into that trap rather than focusing on others and God?
How do we balance living in our real world, with our immediate neighbors, family and friends while building our business side? How long has it been since you’ve actually visited an elderly neighbor and taken the time to be present with them (and not been tempted to post about it)? Isn’t that vastly more important than posting a pretty picture? Aren’t we called to love the least of us, rather than focusing on becoming an influencer?
I heard that Pinterest was going to start removing pictures they deem “offensive.” Facebook and YouTube ban videos that are found to be contrary to their standards. Don’t misread what I’m writing as some political debate. It’s actually more a battle within myself to find the balance of “needing” those social media monsters to create an audience AND not needing an audience.
What do we as Christians do when we don’t want to live for this world but live in this world?
If you have any suggestions or answers, please send them my way!