The New Magic 8 Ball: Dealing with Divorce as a Believer

The Big D: The New Magic 8 Ball

The New Magic 8 Ball: Dealing with Divorce as a Believer

Did you have a Magic 8 Ball? I did! I remember hiding in my closet in elementary school and asking the Magic 8 Ball if a certain boy liked me then flipping it over anticipating the truth from a floating piece of plastic.

I did this all the time. As I got older, I did it for more complicated things like “is my best friend lying about me?” Yep, I’ve been surrounded by girl drama for years…but that’s another post all together. The point is, most of us played around with a Magic 8 Ball as kids but, I’ll bet you didn’t realize that you’re likely still playing around with one now.

It’s called Pinterest.

Yes, I said it.

That site that we are all addicted to and stay up late reading quote after quote after quote. You know the one. Don’t get me wrong, I like Pinterest quotes, I use them all the time when I write but, there’s a downside to all those quotes.

First of all, you can find a quote to back you on anything even if you’re in the wrong. For example, I still remember the quote below being sent to me several times by random people as I went through my divorce:

On the Fence

And, I’m pretty sure I gave it the sympathy “pin” too. The problem? It’s not a bad quote necessarily but for someone who is working on their marriage, they don’t need to see that.

I was trying to hear from God about my situation not Pinterest. I was seeking God to figure out what I needed to do and how to protect myself and my children. I just flat out did not need 1000 Pinterest quotes fueled by emotions rather than leading from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

If you read those quotes long enough, you will find yourself screaming out “AMEN!” so much that you’ll believe them like they are scripture.

Hang tight, let me clarify, I’m not going super spiritual here and I’m not trying to organize a ban of all Pinterest quotes. In fact, if you would like to follow me on Pinterest, you will see that I do re-pin them from time to time.

All I am saying is that when real life hits us, we cannot look to quotes like these as our Magic 8 Ball and I feel like many of us either are right now or have been guilty of doing so at some point.

We do not need to be leaving our future in the hands of random, passive aggressive quotes created by anonymous internet users that have no idea what we are going through in our personal situations.

I would also caution you when it comes to re-pinning Bible verses as well. Take a look at this one (great point-bad reference):

Not an exact quote...

Matthew 21:22 actually says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”


That’s a bit off from the quote above, don’t you think? Not that the phrase is bad but I’m pretty sure you won’t see that exact wording in the Bible. 

What’s the point of all of this? First of all, be a responsible person on social media. Period. I know that’s hard but, take the high road and realize that you are responsible for what you post and one day, your kids will see it too (if they’re not already).

Secondly, don’t live vicariously through Pinterest quotes.

If you are truly trying to get wisdom about your situation, no matter what it might be, seek God not Pinterest. Throw the Magic 8 Ball away and get on your knees.

Look, you might not even know what to pray. I get that. I’ve been a Christian all of my life and I have a Bible degree but I can tell you in the last 2 years I’ve had more than my fair share of times when I had no idea what to pray. In those moments, I just cried. Honestly. That’s all I got for you but, I cried out to God. And, God does bring peace.

The Big D: Dealing with Divorce as a Believer

    Posted at 12:43h, 28 August Reply

    Such a great article. It’s so tempting to repost all those quirky little sayings, but I decided several months back that I wasn’t going to do that anymore because it just seemed like I wasn’t thinking for myself. I get FAR less “likes” and “comments” on Facebook for sure, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing! 😉 At least when someone does “like” or “comment” on something, I know it’s the REAL ME!

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