When Pinterest Attacks

  1.  I’ve seen on Pinterest that in order not to spill pancake batter all over, you should put the batter in a cleaned out ketchup bottle and squeeze the batter into the frying pan.  This makes sense in a perfect world, but have you ever tried to put the pancake batter INTO the ketchup bottle?  Granted, this might work better with a funnel, which I don’t have, but for me this process was messier than just spooning the batter into the stupid frying pan.  It looked very much like my cat had been the one trying to make the pancakes that day and not me. 
  2. A beautiful way to wear long hair is to braid one side and then wrap it around to the other side and pin it.  It should look very neat and pretty when you are done.  I tried this and it looked very much like I just escaped the institution. 
  3. I found a cute pin on how to make Hershey Kisses mice for Valentine’s Day.  These actually turned out okay, but after cutting out the hearts for ears and pasting everything together and adding the googley eyes it took almost an hour to make a dozen of the things.  “So cute and easy” it said.  LIES!
  4. I saw a cute post on how to paint your nails with two colors and have them look like they fade from one to the other.  Instead it looked like I had clawed to death my husband or some small animal.  Note…don’t try that one at home unless you wish to arouse police suspicion.
  5. Speaking of death…I like to look at the “history” page sometimes.  I like history.  What I’m finding a lot of lately, however, is photos of people from the turn of the century that were taken post-mortem.  I understand why the trend started and I’m thankful to God that it stopped, but some of these photos are beyond creepy.  I get why they took them immediately after Uncle Gus died, but in some cases these folks appear to have been dug up.  What tha?!!!  Who does this?!!  Those folks should have been put on a watch list of some kind because there is something wrong with that!  Think too of the emotional damage that was done to these kids who were forced to pose with their dead siblings.  There was way too much of that done.  As if there wasn’t enough at the turn of the century to give kids nightmares…
  6.  I actually saw someone on Pinterest with a tattoo that read “We must live until we die.”  Really, genius?  Think that one up all by yourself did you?  What if you wanted to die BEFORE you die?  Or maybe I just wanted to play dead?  Could I do that? 

All this aside, there are some really good recipes out there, some really cute animal pictures and some really hilarious quips.  Just be careful which craft ideas you go with and always consider your true ability to complete these things before you choose one to try.  You might like to paint a Monet, but if you have the ability of a 4 year old with finger paints it probably won’t turn out the same.  (Also, don’t eat the paste.)  I’m just sayin…

Cake That!

I’ve been really struggling with something lately.  I have been paying attention to the legal battles that have been taking place recently with regard to small businesses and their religious freedoms.  It seems like, as a Christian, this would be something I would have a firm position on but the reality is that I am very conflicted where this is concerned.  There is a part of me that agrees with these businesses and feels that government is forcing them to do something that is against what they believe.  But, on the other hand, what exactly IS that?  This is a very specific issue.   The case that I was following involved a bakery that was told they had to provide their services to a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake.  This went against the belief system of the bakers so they refused and a lawsuit was filed for discrimination.  On one hand, the bakers should have the right to refuse service.  It’s their business.  On the other hand though, why would the couple want a cake baked by people who clearly don’t like them?  My struggle is this.  If the bakers have such conviction regarding this issue, does it also mean that they would refuse to bake cakes for Jewish celebrations? What about other religious events that aren’t Christian?  What if someone wants a cake for a bachelorette party or something with a bad word written on it?  Do they refuse?  Where is that line in the sand?  What if the shoe is on the other foot?  What if it is a Muslim bakery that doesn’t care to do business with the Christians?  Pretty soon you are going to end up with a whole bunch of very specific businesses in very specific parts of town only doing business with their own kind. 

I’d also like to point out that perhaps a good way to reach out to that couple, as a Christian, would be to bake them the best darn cake they have ever seen and treat them with love like Jesus would.  You don’t have to agree with the occasion, but you can still respect the people.  By being kind you might even earn their respect back and open a dialog that wouldn’t otherwise exist.  I don’t think that is compromising your principles.  I think that is called showing love and kindness.  We are to be in the world but not of it.  That means if you are going to do business you are GOING TO BE IN THE WORLD.  You can’t slam your door shut every time you don’t like the way someone looks or acts or does something.  I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus would do.  He went where people were and talked to them like they were human beings and showed them respect and guess what?  They followed Him because of that.  They were overwhelmed by His love and his kindness.  That’s what the world needs to see more of from us if we are going to make a difference.  I’m just sayin…