A Cosmetic Calamity!
Posted on December 13, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Eyeshadow? Check. Concealer? Check. Mascara? Check. When you open up your makeup case, what are your must-have items?
I can spend up to an hour on my makeup when I want to get really done-up. I make sure to cover up the imperfections and highlight what my best facial features are. I put concealer on my breakouts, and then I put mascara on my eyelashes. I contour my face to make it look thinner, and then I put highlighter on my cheekbones. I cover up the redness on my face, and then I put color on my lips.
As I look at my reflection in the mirror after I’m all done up, I wonder if what women do to our faces in the morning is ‘reflective’ of what society does on a daily basis…
How likely are we, as Christians and as humans, to ‘conceal’ our imperfections and ‘highlight’ the good parts about us – the parts we want people to see? Are we more likely to keep things bottled up or seek support from brothers and sisters in Christ?
Please know that I’m not saying that we should broadcast our troubles and struggles to everyone. When we share too much information to anyone and everyone, we are not guarding our hearts. But, with that being said, we have to ask ourselves the question, “Do I have a healthy support system?” When you’re struggling with sin, when you’re at the end of your rope, when you have health issues, family issues, or financial issues – what do you do? Do you keep it to yourself, or do you ask those one or two trusted brothers and sisters in Christ to lift you up in prayer, encourage you, and/or be an accountability partner for you?
Of course our first course of action should always be to take it up with the Lord. We should pray about it and meditate on His Word. That being said, the Bible also has many verses on the topic of being present and helpful, encouraging, and prayerful towards one another.
James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Hebrews 10:23-25 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
I want to leave you with two analogies
- When we use too much concealer on our faces, our skin is apt to break out even more. Similarly, if we keep all of our struggles and hurts bottled up, we’re certain to struggle and hurt even more.
- When we wear too much cover up, others can tell because it builds up on our faces and makes us look cakey. Likewise, when we’re constantly covering up our pain and struggles, others will begin to take notice because it will start to build up and become obvious in our daily lives.
Life can be hard sometimes, but God has given us the gift of fellowship with one another to help ease our burdens. I’m not saying we should ‘highlight’ our struggles, but maybe we shouldn’t conceal them so heavily if it’s becoming a burden that’s too big for us to bear alone.
Written by Erin Culleny. Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
Daily Quote: “God has chosen us to help one another.”- Smith Wigglesworth
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:25