During this time of celebrating Halloween with costumes and acting, I feel led to write a series which I have entitled, “Mirror, Mirror On The Wall”. Very fitting for some of the costumes we feel like we have to wear, the masks we put on and things we think we see when we look in the mirror.
It all started with the title of a blog post by Heidi Klum for the clothing brand INC (one of my personal favorites), “How to Look Good All The Time”. You know how my mind started racing from there.
In younger years in my life, I felt like I could look good all the time and I thought that the women who were in the limelight had some sort of secret. Secret skin care, secret perfect lives, and I wanted to be just like that. In fact, I felt as if I could achieve it, even though I now know it is an impossible feat. And if you look closely, some of those stars need someone to dress them before they walk out of their front doors in the morning – yes, you know who I’m talking about. And when we read about their lives and the drama surrounding them, it doesn’t look like something I’d want to aspire to any longer. Some of their lives are a mess!
And then I thought that all of their skin care products they sell just had to make your skin age and wrinkle proof. HA! Little did I know that even the Cindy Crawford skin line can’t protect you from those laugh lines and wrinkle lines. Maybe Botox does work, but do you realize how much money this is gonna cost you on an ongoing basis? And in Proverbs it says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30. So again, why would we spend a ton of money on something that is fleeting.
So as a Christian woman who feels like she has to look good for her husband, has to set an example for her children, it’s tough to not get drawn into the Hollywood concept of spending money on expensive things to look good. The comparison trap, if you will. And when we have an off day with what we look like, well, I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m not good enough. I feel insecure and doubt myself. There are quite a few of us who have that problem, insecurity, even on our best days.
And to piggyback on Proverbs, we read, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” in Matthew 6:19-20.
What this tells me is that beauty and looks and clothes are vain and fleeting. But we are to be Kingdom minded, Kingdom hearted. Does this mean we can’t use skin care or face treatments? No, it’s totally not about that! In fact, in 2nd Samuel, David prepared himself using lotions. Even back in the day, they had lotions to protect their skin.
What I get from this is, put God’s Kingdom first. If you put your money where your God tells you to and then your vested interest will be there. It will change your heart to think of God first, which we are supposed to.
Last thing, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33.
If we seek God’s kingdom first and think in terms of eternity, ALL these things will be added unto you. All these things… what a concept. God’s provision for you, if you just simply put Him first.
So ladies, let’s change our way of thinking. Easy to say and hard to do! But with God’s help, we can do ANYthing.