Read this before posting that pic of your Bible and venti latte

I got on Pinterest today for a few moments and scrolled through my feed. As I glanced through pins, something caught my eye: a pin featuring a beautifully staged picture of an open Bible with the small words “Bible study photography” printed underneath.

Bible study photography?

Excuse me? Since when has there ever been a category of photography devoted to Bible studies??

Just because my curiosity was now piqued, I searched Pinterest for “Bible study photography” and found dozens of pins containing carefully arranged images of Bibles paired with journals, flowers, and trendy beverages.

In a day and age where everyday life can become a sharable moment thanks to smartphone cameras and social media, I get that people take pictures of themselves reading their Bibles. It’s like sharing pics of a homemade smoothie or post-workout selfie.

But when we start making a show out of something that’s supposed to be between us and Jesus, that’s when I start taking issue with it.

For example, with the growing popularity of Bible journaling, I wonder—am I posting a picture of this verse I artfully wrote in my Bible because it meant something significant to me, or because I thought it would make a great Instagram pic?

I’m not judging anyone here, because I’m guilty of doing the same things, too.

I just know that sharing life’s real moments isn’t worth it if I feel the need to stage them first.

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While the pictures people post of their Bible devotional time are attractive, there are no flowers, beaches, or steaming cups of tea when I sit down to read my Bible. I get interrupted a thousand times by a ringing phone, a dog who wants let outside only to promptly want back in, another dog who is bored out of her mind, a family member who stops by, or my mind that is seemingly way too distracted to focus.

I’m lucky if I even read a sentence by the time my schedule forces me to move on to the next thing, which means there certainly isn’t time for doodling a Pinterest-worthy visual into the margins of my Bible.

Maybe this is more what reading the Bible is like for you. Maybe it isn’t. Whatever the case, I want us to be reminded of what Jesus taught His followers about spending alone time with the Father.

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew. 6:5-6

It’s not that you can’t ever share about your time spent with God, but it is important to check your heart before you do.

Here’s a quick heart-check to try before hitting the ‘post’ button. Ask yourself, Am I posting this because *I* want something, or because I want to GIVE something to others?

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If you find that what you’re sharing isn’t rooted in wanting to be an encouragement, help, or service to other people, it might be good to do a little heart-reevaluating first.

Because it’s not pretty pictures of our Bibles that attract others to Jesus; it’s how we genuinely embody His love in real time.

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