There are only 24 hours in each day.
Some days are simply too busy to afford time for
the beauty regimens our society expects.
We must prioritize our time wisely.
Sometimes people must come before vanity.
I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with
the emphasis on fashion in our society.
Designer names are more esteemed than kindness toward others.
When the “beautiful people” on the Red Carpet answer
the oft-repeated question of
“Who are you wearing?”
praise is given to the designer.
Humanity craves beauty…
yet what could be more beautiful
than a person who is fully surrendered to Christ?
Yielding to our Creator spawns a beauty inside that cannot help but spill out as we interact with the world around us. Christ loves people…of that there is no doubt. When we become more like Christ, we will love the people around us similarly. In our own strength, we cannot do this, but the more we
yield to Christ, it becomes increasingly possible.
Jesus looked at them and said,
"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Wearing makeup is not wrong…we have an inherent desire to reflect beauty…but if our dependence on makeup and fashion becomes more important than our willingness to yield to our Creator,
we are foolishly exchanging eternal beauty for the temporary.
Allowing Jesus to shine through us in how we treat others
is the higher priority.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment,
such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4
Isn't that what society keeps searching for with
all their facelifts, enhancements and Botox treatments?
Yet it's all a cheaply made, expensively priced, knock-off
compared to the beauty offered to us through Christ.
When we accept Christ into our lives,
and yield to His leading daily,
we become more like Him.
By accepting the gift of Salvation
we are allowed to identify ourselves with the King of Kings.
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
In this Red Carpet life, should anyone ask us:
“Who are you wearing?”
May our behavior reflect all the glory to our Heavenly Designer.
“I’m wearing Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God!”