I titled this post this way because a really dear gal and friend from Instagram, Janie, took a long Instagram break this year, and this quote from her post stood out to me. She said that Instagram had become more ‘harmful than helpful’, and she was pressing pause for a while. That’s what this whole podcast is going to be about today.
It’s going to be about the gift that Instagram is and the hard things it can bring or cultivate like:
not feeling good enough
always feeling the need to perform
wanting to be like someone else
feeling guilty for being yourself instead of being the ‘other girl’ or guy on Instagram
I can’t say I’ve dealt with the pressures I’ve felt from Instagram very well. I’ve resolved the pressure by deleting my account twice, and I’m not going to say I recommend that here.
However my friend Janie did one of the wisest things I’ve seen someone do. When you have a thriving social media account and you’ve loved it for years, but then it takes a southward turn, and it’s no longer a joy but more of a drag, more of something that is tearing you down instead of building you up, what do you do?
I’m thankful to the Lord for people like Janie who took a humble step back, and boy did that gal come back with such joy and new sweet posts to share.
In this podcast we’re going to talk about:
– when to take that step back from Instagram
– why Janie took the step away
– what it’s like to have a strong influencer account on Instagram
– not making yourself feel pressure to be on Instagram when it truly is dragging you down
– what Janie learned in the time away
– why having an identity that is rooted in Christ helps do away with the comparison that often comes with Instagram
Colossians 1:27, ‘To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’
Galatians 2:20, ‘I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’
John 15:15, ‘No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.’
Ephesians 2:10, ‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’
– the fun things Janie got to do while away from Instagram
Instagram is a blessing. I’m thankful for how it’s stretched me to be genuine even though it’s such a temptation to want to impress. It’s been a gift in learning to embrace meeting new people and investing in other people and appreciating their stories. It’s helped me be able to pray for others around the world.
It just needs the right perspective, and I’m so thankful that Janie gave me more of that perspective today. There is a way that Instagram can be more helpful than harmful, and Janie, with her joyful genuine spirit, her love for Jesus, her love for life, really reminds me of why I am still on Instagram, 3 years later.
Instagram: Have you had periods when it feels more harmful or helpful? Did you ever take a break?