Pinterest, pride, and layers that won’t unmerge

Good morning ya’ll.  Yeah, I’m from the PNW but I’ve got farming-in-the-Midwest in my blood so I am claiming that this morning with the “ya’ll” comment.

Anyways…

Who would you be without the internet?

Geez Louise, why ask this question?  Well, I realized something last night.  Late last night.  As I’m supposed to be challenging myself with the Early to Rize charge from MoneySavingMom.  I find it so funny how God exposes our selfishness and then illuminates our need for Him further by things like today’s entry by Crystal, who is leading us all through Andy Traub‘s book (though I admit I am not going through the book cuz I don’t have an eReader).  Here’s what happened…

One of my bestest (it’s a real word) friends is getting married and we were brainstorming about how we could get our arms in shape to totally rock our strapless dresses this summer (she really doesn’t need the work but who doesn’t feel better about themselves after sticking with a workout “program”?).  What was a Skype conversation turned into a full-scale personal training session for the both of us and we figured out what we could do…but it was so ugly on that Word document so I headed over to PicMonkey and started making a printable.  Because, if you’ve read Bob Goff’s fabulous book, Love Does.  So I started doing…playing with fonts, colors, organizing our random thoughts into something pretty…and then it happened…

I stopped thinking about my friend and started thinking about Pinterest.

I started thinking about how cool I could make this look and how if I pinned it to Pinterest then people might re-pin it and then I might get my name all over the internet (or at least my blog address) or at least something I did would be seen by more than my aunts (love you guys! 😉 ) and a few good friends and my dad and one of his church buds…yada, yada, yada.

I still didn’t see the error of my motives…and that’s when I really buckled down and tried making this a thing of beauty.

And then I was finished.  It was glorious and everything was aligned and the colors all matched and…

THERE WAS A GIANT MISTAKE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE.

If you’ve ever used PicMonkey, you can merge the layers so you don’t keep shoving everything around when you’re moving other pieces.  Well, somewhere the process – and in my haste to make something Pinterest-worthy – I forgot to delete a text box and I had merged the layers.  It was stuck there.  Not moving.  Not going away.  I must have clicked the undo button a billion times to see if I could get back to the merging I had done but guess what?  You can’t unmerge layers.  Too bad, so sad.

How much is that like our lives?  You are who you are, warts and all.  When you desperately want to present your absolute best you – for a job interview, for a first date, whatever – you don’t get to erase all the stuff that makes you who you are (those seemingly giant mistakes right in the middle of your page).  You are just you but you do have the power to present the real you, warts and all but covered in God’s grace.  As Crystal put it in her entry today, “Choose who you will be today.”  Yes, I am selfish and sleep-deprived because I stayed up all night (okay, not all night) making a printable that I had dreams of being tossed around Pinterest like a beautifully fun beach ball at a seaside picnic, but, with God’s grace, I can look past that at the woman He made me to be.  I can choose that and claim that for myself today.  I can still be a loving and patient mama, giving my baby girl my full attention, a caring wife, tidying up the house so my husband can come home to an oasis rather than a pigsty, and an engaged coach, encouraging my rowers to work their hardest and do their best.

So to answer the question…who would I be without the internet?  I certainly wouldn’t think about my blog stats.  I wouldn’t “worry” (totally the wrong word but it’s the closest I could think of) about how many times something I made was getting re-pinned.  I also wouldn’t waste time looking at other people’s lives and wondering why mine can’t be more like theirs.  I also would have been in bed a lot earlier last night.

But I also wouldn’t have the awesome accountability I had through Jan/Feb/Mar with my online Bible study with a FB group.  It was the first time in YEARS (I’m sad to say) that I read the Bible.  Every.  Single.  Day.

I also wouldn’t get to share our precious baby girl with her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc that are far away.  That alone is a wonderful reason to have the internet.

And I wouldn’t have this awesomely terrible reminder of my selfish humanity…I am prideful and lost focus on the true reason I was making this.  But guess what?  I am not going to remake it to remove the typo – more time lost to something only done to make myself look better which is NOT important.  I’m gonna leave it just as it is and move on with my life.  So I can get to more doing (love does, remember?).

Strapless Dress Workout

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One thought on “Pinterest, pride, and layers that won’t unmerge

  1. THANK YOU for this! I struggle with the same things. I actually just returned this week from pretty much 6 or 7 months of not blogging because I got so exhausted from all of the pressure of the blogging world and couldn’t keep up. How can I have 669 followers on HHM’s facebook page and not get any comments on a post, and a friend has 572 followers on HER blog’s FB page and gets 34 comments and 69 likes on a single post? How do I keep up? Why do I even *bother* trying to keep up when it means sitting on the couch next to my husband while we’re each focused on our laptops, instead of sitting *with* him and enjoying our time together? I was hoping that break from blogging would refresh me and give me a better focus, but now I’m finding that so much has changed since I’ve been away, and I have to figure out all this new stuff now. Sigh. I have a friend/neighbor who doesn’t even have an email address. She spends every moment of her day on the floor with her kids. She may have nothing to show the world to account for her day (no Instagram pics of tonight’s dinner) but her kids know they’re loved. I want that.

    Anyway, your comment on my blog cheered me up so much. It’s wonderful to find another friend who “gets” what leaving your classroom to come home means. It’s a big change. I’m so thankful to be able to stay home with Kayleigh, but I’m with you–I also miss my “kids.”

    Thank you so much for coming by! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better! I liked your FB page and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch!

    May God bless you this Easter, Rachel!

    ~Bethany

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