A 24-year-old Winnipegger reads bible chapters on Instagram, what she learns is a lesson for us all.
To be more intentional in studying the word of God, Christine Izere, made herself a structure. "I thought I'd challenge myself by reading the Word on Instagram three days a week," Izere says.
She first chose a book of the Bible. "I love the book of Ephesians and I was learning a lot from it so, so I wanted to do it," Izere says.
"When I read the Word of god it gave me new confidence and boldness."
The decision to share her faith on social media so boldly came with many worries.
"You have your own reputation as a person and it was difficult to step out of that bubble of who I am, to come out and read the bible out in the open. Initially there was a lot of fear and self-doubt.
She would soon shed those worries. "After the first week, it didn't really matter," Izere says.
"When I read the Word of god it gave me new confidence and boldness. It just seemed so insignificant to think about what other people think," Izere says.
To her surprise, she received a lot of positive responses with around 200 views on each video. "I had a lot of friends say it helped challenge them to be more intentional in their faith, to be bolder and take it seriously," Izere says.
Not all of her followers were fans of her new expression on the social media platform. "I think I lost followers because the content that I was uploading was different and for sure there was an audience that I lost but I didn't really notice,"Izere says.
"God is always speaking to us, telling us what to share and how to be bold in our faith."
After three months of consistently sharing her devotional time on Instagram Izere realized there was something different. "I just felt like I became sidetracked. It became more about uploading a video than reading the Word and spending time with God. It felt like an obligation," Izere says.
She has a new structure. "I still read a lot, but I do a lot of prayer more than being active on Instagram. God is teaching me how to be more intentional privately when no one sees. I learned that spending time with God is amazing," Izere says.
"There's a lot of growth in spending time with him when no one is seeing and you genuinely enjoy his presence for no other reason than because you love him," Izere says.
The 24-year-old realized that she could be bold in other areas. "God is always speaking to us, telling us what to share and how to be bold in our faith.
"One thing that I would never neglect is having your own private ministry, just with you and God. Never neglect that for a public audience," Izere says.