About three years ago I became very sensitive to hair colouring so I decided I’d ditch the dye. My ears were insanely itchy! I wanted to stop colouring eventually, anyways, so I went for it. I failed the first attempt. As those silver strands started to appear at the top of my head I wasn’t so sure about this anymore. I caved and bought another box of dye. However, my second ditch effort the next month stuck. I’ve had terrible hair ever since! Victory!!!
I don’t hate my naturally greying locks. Actually, I kind of appreciate some of the silver highlights, but undyed hair isn’t nearly as manageable, especially when you have fine hair. Dye seems to plump up your strands some.
The little wiry hairs that stick up at the top of my head particularly drive me crazy. I try to straighten them with a flat iron. I’ve tried gel, mousse, hairspray and numerous other products to get them to lay flat. A hat always works best!
An Eagle Eye for Detail?
Have you ever heard that bald eagles go through some awkward plumage growth before their crown of white feathers grows in completely? That’s how I sometimes feel about myself and my hair.
I know that I can be over-critical of myself. I can be a bit of a perfectionist too. I once told my dad that it’s the curse of having an eye for detail, but you know what? I don’t look at those I love this way; I love them for what’s in their hearts. In fact, because I love them, it’s always so wonderful to see their faces, hear their voices and be in their presence. (Unless they get too noisy. Inside joke. Some days require an inside voice.) Because we love God it’s the same thing; we seek His face, His voice and we want to be in His presence.
One of the biggest reasons we can be so critical of ouselves is the fear of rejection. (Even self-acceptance can be difficult.) If you’ve ever been teased or bullied, that fear will likely be even higher.
However, Scripture tells us that there was nothing in Jesus’ appearance to draw us to Him. (Isaiah 53:2) He came humbly as a man, not appearing to have the glory expected of a Messiah. Therefore he was rejected, yet Jesus did draw some crowds. Even today He still draws people to Him.
It’s who Jesus is that draws us in; it’s His kindness; it’s His mercy; it’s His compassion; it’s His great love; and so much more. When I see these qualities in the people I care about it draws me to them as well. ❤
Go Ahead, Make Yourself Look Good
There’s nothing wrong with making ourselves look good, in fact God even approves of this. However, God is a good father; therefore what matters the most to Him is what’s in our hearts.
“Put on nice clothes, and make yourself look good.”Ecclesiastes 9:8(NCV)
What’s in the Heart
We have a great example in the Old Testament of God looking at the heart. When the Lord sent Samuel to anoint a new king, Samuel looked at Eliab (Jesse’s eldest son) and assumed that he was the one to be annointed. The Lord corrected him. It was David (the youngest son) who would become king.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”–1 Samuel 16:7
True beauty comes from God Himself, who makes us beautiful by saving us through our Lord Jesus Christ, even though we did nothing to deserve His great love and mercy. That’s amazing grace.
“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”Psalm149:4
(Photo credit goes to Gabrielankia.)