“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.” I Peter 3:3 New Living translation
An acquaintance just messaged me about finding out what hair dresser I use because “my hair always looks awesome,” according to her. Frequently, I’m asked the same question by my customers on the Turnpike and from strangers I pass in the grocery store, the mall and generally round about town.
I have to laugh to myself each time this happens. Everyday is a mysterious hair day for me as in I never know what I’ll be getting when I wake up and brush my hair. I must give credit where it is due and that goes to the cut my hair stylist gives my golden locks. Somehow she has tamed the savage strands in a way I never thought possible. If only these complimenting people knew the life long battle I have had with my hair.
The first time I realized that my hair was seen by some as subpar happened to be in my Sunday school class. One of the girls I grew up with and who I saw as gorgeous told me one Sunday that my hair always looks like straw. Now that didn’t sound very complimentary even to a 10 year old. Straw is usually dry, choppy looking and encrusted with dung. So what exactly was she trying to say?
The following year I mistakenly thought it would help to allow my mother’s hairdresser to give me a perm. You know, add some curls and waves so it wouldn’t be so stick straight. Wouldn’t you know my hair absorbed the perm solution like nobody’s business and I came out from under the hairdryer with a puff of curls standing almost 3 inches high all over my scalp. This incited guys to call me Bozo at football games because my hair was in their field of vision.
These are just two examples of why I laugh when people compliment my hair. I am grateful for the Lord’s unconditional love for His little straw head when no one else saw any value in me. He taught me not to depend on outer appearance to make my way in this hard ole world. Sometimes it hurt but in the end it developed the true beauty that lay deep inside me which is priceless.
Do you ever feel intimidated to shine because you believe things others said to you or about you that were less than stellar? People can be harsh, unthinking and uncaring at times. But you have a “true, loving friend who is reliable and sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 Amplified Bible
I pray that you will allow Him to help you find and use your inner beauty as well whenever and wherever you can.
“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” I Peter 3:4 New Living translation
Shine on. . .