I am thankful for Instagram. It’s more of my jam than Facebook or Twitter. I love the tool that God gave us in Instagram. It’s an amazing gift full of connection, creativity, friendship, beauty, and yet it’s a sword that can be used to hurt. A few months ago, I realized it was hurting my mental health and spiritual health. That’s why I deleted my Instagram. I deleted it because I needed to start over, to remember why I’m doing it, to remember that Instagram isn’t about the number of likes or followers. I was talking to someone on a podcast interview (which is coming out next week), and she mentioned that Instagram was something that she wanted to use to encourage others, to share the gospel of Jesus, and to bless those who came to her account.
That really stood out to me.
The Gospel of Jesus
Freedom in Christ To Eat
Freedom to Rest
Freedom to Enjoy the Kind of Exercise that makes your body happy.
Those are the things I wanted to share on my Instagram. I wanted to share my life as a whole person, the ups and downs of recovery, and the fact that recovery is possible. However as I walked through recovery, I noticed myself comparing myself to others, comparing my meals to others, and not remembering the Why of the Instagram.
There was one day when I kind of …. broke? I thought about quitting Instagram altogether, but I realized that I truly do enjoy it and that it does fill me up with joy and get me out of myself to want to invest in others.
So I deleted it. I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t all about me, and I wanted to be able to start over without feeling like Instagram is my identity.
It was like a huge weight off my shoulders when I started over. In a way, I was sad at first after having worked hard for several years to grow my first account, but this felt like a fresh new beginning; a reminder of why God gave me this mission in the first place.
I want to use the account for God’s glory, to show the wonder of eating food for nourishment not for calories, to share that though recovery is HARD, it is not impossible, that I am not a model of recovery, but Jesus is the One who saves messy sinners like me and makes ALL things new.
Jeremiah 30:17, ‘ For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith theLord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.’
Instagram is a GIFT. It is a gift that needs to be used wisely, and I can say that this was such a good lesson in not letting it define my identity but remembering the gift that it is and that if it’s not for Jesus it’s not worth it. But if it is for Him it is worth it!
Instagram: Love it or hate it?
What you have learned about Instagram?
Have you ever taken a hiatus from or started a new Instagram account?
(Linking up with Amanda to share these thoughts and hear your thoughts on the subject too!)