A secondary title to this piece is "My Journey to Instagram," as I am now on that social media. (I've asked my web developer to add a direct link on the top left of this page, but until then you can access my page here.)
I hesitated a long time, as I'm already on Twitter (very reluctantly, and only to announce a new article) and Facebook (which is surprisingly enjoyable). But Instagram, which is a picture-sharing program, was bewildering to me.
Husband gently nudged me. "It will be inspirational for others to see the pictures you take of the simple joys of life," he told me.
I still delayed, until our Pastor used a common Bible verse during his sermon on Sunday, but in a particular version that I had never heard before. I think of this as applying to ALL people who strive toward light and goodness:
"You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:14-16 (Message Bible)
The encouragement for us to be generous with our lives convinced me to share more of myself via Instagram. My pictures will show you parts of me that are beyond the scope of this website, such as baking and fashion.
In true social media style, I've already created the following hashtags:
#MarryingAMarkarian (since Husband and I renew our vows every year on our anniversary)
#AWeddingEveryYear (just thought of this, based on the one above) :-)