Cosmetics and the Heart Behind Them

If you know me in real life, then you probably know that I enjoy makeup. Despite my allergies, I have been still able to find makeup that I can wear and I like makeup and cosmetics.

I use to want to be a makeup artist and I wore a lot of makeup.

People use to try to make my makeup into a moral issue by saying it wasn’t “God-honoring” or that I was “false advertising” even though I’m not a shampoo bottle and have never been one.

Both sides of this discussion have been on my mind lately.

Cosmetics and the Heart Behind Them

A few days ago I was giving a friend, who is a new Christian, a ride and she was asking me about modesty, and then about wearing makeup and dyeing one’s hair, after thinking about it the best answer I could give was that it depended on the heart behind it. 

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”-1 Timothy 2:9

Broided hair was included because in that time women would often braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.

Modesty is a heart issue as well as an outward apparel issue.

Could I be prideful about wearing makeup and think that I am better than everyone who doesn’t? Yes, and that would be wrong.

Could one of my friends who doesn’t wear makeup be prideful about not wearing makeup and think she’s better than those of us that do? Yes, and that would be equally as wrong.

The real question is, what are your reasons for cosmetics? 

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Here are some bad reasons to wear makeup:

1. Insecurity.

I started wearing bbc cream and mascara when I was fourteen, the biggest reason was that I was insecure about my freckles. I had been made fun of about them and for as long as I could remember I wished that I didn’t have any.

I ended up really enjoying makeup, but I wish it hadn’t started from me being self-conscious.

Now I actually really like my freckles and wear less because I don’t want to cover them up.

If this is you, study the Bible about our worth in Christ and realize that cosmetics don’t add or take away from you as a child of God.

I’d also recommend going to places without makeup. It will help you realize how little it matters.

 

2. Pride.

“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”-Psalm 10:4

Makeup can be so much fun and it can be beautiful, but we must be careful that we don’t become prideful about our skills or how we look with a full face on, instead, we must search our hearts and make sure God is always our number one priority whether we wear makeup or not.

 

3. Flashiness.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”-Philippians 2:3

This kind of goes back to pride, but we must be careful to not wear makeup to distract people.

There is a time and a place for green eyeshadow, but we shouldn’t be wearing makeup that is flashy or distracting to services.

We’re there to worship God and remember the death and resurrection, not to wear neon mascara, and maybe we can wear bright red eyeshadow without removing our focus from worship, but we must consider our brothers and sisters around us.

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Here are some reasons I have been personally cutting back on makeup:

 

1. Time.

How much time am I devoting to cosmetics in comparison to God? Could I have spent those twenty minutes studying instead of making sure my foundation was fine?

 

2. I don’t want my makeup to define me to others.

I try not to care what others think of me, but at the same time, I don’t want people to be intimidated by my makeup because recently I’ve been told that I can be intimidating at first.

I know I can prove people wrong by being friendly, but I also want to be able to look more down to earth. 

 

3. Money.

I’m graduating this year, and although I plan to take a gap year before I go off into the world (I’m thinking about going to Southwest School of Biblical Studies right now), I want to be wise and a good steward by starting to save money and cutting back on how much I spend on a monthly basis.

 

4. I’m not as insecure.

Here’s a well-known secret: I’m a very insecure person. However, I’m getting better at accepting what I can’t change about myself. God made my face and if someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to look.

I like makeup, it calms and cheers me up to put it on, but I now fully know that it doesn’t make or break me.

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Both of these faces are a reality and that’s pretty cool.

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In conclusion: Really take a second to consider your heart behind putting on makeup or doing any other cosmetic thing.

I think makeup often slips under the cracks of being mindful of since it’s not an issue of salvation, but it can become a hindrance–as can anything–if we let it.

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Those are my thoughts as a lover of the Lord and of makeup!
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The Faulty Microbiologists

They considered themselves experts in their field and meticulous in all their measurements. They liked to place things in boxes, closely examining everything, classifying the microorganisms beneath their glass gave them a sense of place and purpose.

The problem?

They were using high magnification right away and they looked at the samples forgetting the coverslip.

The Faulty Microbiologists

Do you ever run across a faulty microbiologist?

Maybe there’s a person in your life who you feel is always examining you and only focusing on your mistakes and weaknesses.

If I asked you to think of a person you know who always has the “news” when it comes to others or something negative to say about everyone else 24/7, you probably could think of someone.

The scary thing is: we might be one of the persons that someone else could think of when asked about knowing a faulty microbiologist.

1 Corinthians 13:4 says:

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evildoes not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

This doesn’t mean we are supposed to be naive, simply that love isn’t looking for a reason to stop loving.  

I know that I often forget to encourage people and look for the good in them instead of the negative.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to encourage one another and build each other up, but how can we build each other up if we are constantly beating down on each other?

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Sometimes we become faulty when we examine people too closely too fast. We don’t work on loving them or remembering that the Lord died for them before getting onto them in a harsh way instead of in a loving one.

Sometimes we forget to look at people through the lens of the Bible, yes, we are told to preach the word and rebuke and reprove, but the words “exhort” and “long-suffering” or “patience” are also included in 2 Timothy 4:2.

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” -1 Peter 4:8

 

“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:2-3

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Faithful February

Being faithful can be hard, but I continued to fight the good fight this month.

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Highlights

 

  • I have a new sister in Christ!

Remember the girl I mentioned in my last month’s wrap up? The one I was studying with?
Well, another friend of mine joined the bible study and we were studying on valentines day, after an hour or so of studying and talking, Faith (our study), looked up and said, “I need to be baptized now.” 

We had been talking about salvation and reading stories of how people were saved and how they were baptized immediately after.

The thing that really caught me off guard was when she called her mom (her whole family was attending some sort of seventh-day Adventist’s worship service) and when her mom finally picked up she said, “Mom, I’m getting baptized, are you guys going to be here for it?” 

We could hear her mom’s muffled voice, “When?” 

“Now. As soon as possible.” 

Her whole family left in the middle of their service and made it in time to see her put on Christ in baptism.

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Claire, Faith, and me.

I am so happy for our new sister in Christ! Faith has learned so quickly and truly loves the Lord. Her devotion to Him and desire to learn more about the Bible is so encouraging and inspiring.

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  • The teen girls in our congregation wanted to do something fun with the younger girls.

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Honestly, they wanted to play basketball more than make crafts. 😛

 

  • I started going to more college events since I am a senior, everyone has been super nice and it’s been good talking to people who have been where I am not too long ago. :))

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  • I’m currently at the Transformed workshop (I believe that’s what it’s called) at the Brown Trail church of Christ, I have never been to that congregation before at the time of writing this, and I am excited for the lessons and the people.

Anyways, I’ll tell y’all about it in the next wrap-up. 😉

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Lessons Learned 

I feel like I should change the name of the section to “Lessons Currently in the Process of Being Learned” because I can have such a thick skull and mastering things is tough but anyways…

  • I am not the only one. What I mean by this rather cryptic statement is: no matter what emotion or physical thing I am going through/experiencing, I am not the only one who has gone through it, going through it, or will go through it. I am not the first person to be insecure and I need to remember that, not only to help myself but to help others.
    It’s like in 1 Kings 19,  when Elijah believed he was the only one left who loved and obeyed God and God told him that there were actually seven thousand people, not just him.

 

  • Always try to reach out. It takes around 60 seconds to ask or text someone in order to ask to get together to know them and usually they want to make friends as well.

 

  • Always work on being a listener. I miss so many important things when I am rambling instead of just listening. The Bible tells us to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), but that’s harder when I don’t listen long enough for my brothers and sisters to tell me what they’re struggling with.

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