Day 33: Makeup
Getting my makeup professionally done was interesting. I was in awe of what an actual artist could do on a clean slate of a face. I have almond shaped eyes, so she made them look even bigger and more slanted. They almost looked otherworldly to me. I enjoyed looking at the final product in the mirror and comparing myself to my usual look throughout my normal day at home. Since I’m a stay-at-home writer, I wear pajamas to my “office” and wear no makeup. I sit at the computer for hours, working my mind and imagination and paying no attention to how I look physically. When I’m done writing, I change into workout clothes (sometimes I’ll even workout in my pajamas), and I lift weights and do cardio. When I’m done working out, I’ll shower and put pajamas back on if I know that I’m not going anywhere.
The only time I dress in normal clothes and wear makeup is when I run errands. My husband and I have a date night once a week, so I make sure to dress up and look nice for him. My husband has seen me in my most basic environment at home and he has seen me in full makeup and with my hair done on stage. He loves me when I’m plain and when I’m glamorous. Although I enjoy dressing up for him and looking great, he doesn’t mind when I wear pajamas and type at my computer. Because in all honestly, I don’t want the pressure of always having to look perfect. So often, we as Christians feel this need to be perfect all the time. There is this pressure that since we are Christ-followers that we can’t have any flaws. So instead of just being ourselves, we begin to put on a façade of perfection.
But we aren’t perfect which is why we reached out for Jesus in the first place. Jesus is our Perfect Substitute. Jesus gives us His perfection and takes our sin, so we can have a relationship with a Holy God. If we were always perfect, we wouldn’t need a Mediator and a Savior. We don’t have to hide our flaws and imperfections. We don’t have to pretend that we never mess up. We simply need to be who God created us to be: a person with strengths and weaknesses, a person who is not perfect but who is being perfected. I want to be comfortable with myself when I’m glamorous on stage and when I’m plain at the computer. I know that I am loved—mind, soul, body and spirit—and I don’t have to prove my worth to anyone.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5.8 NIV).
God, I know that I can be comfortable in who I am and where I am on my faith-journey. I don’t have to prove myself to anyone. You have plans for me that are filled with meaning and purpose, so I will walk in obedience to Your plan. I know that You loved me even when I sinned against You, and now that Jesus’ blood has wiped all my sins clean, You can now have a relationship with me. I let go of trying to be perfect, and I cling on to Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross. Thank You for loving me so much that You would die to save me. I want my life to be pleasing to You, so help me follow Your commands and Your will. I offer the plain and glamorous parts of my life to You. I trust that You will always love me no matter what. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- When do you feel plain and when do you feel glamorous?
- Do you feel like God loves you more when you are good?
- Do you try to earn God’s love or are you loved no matter what?
Jesus is your perfect substitute!