I’m saying goodbye to make up for the next 40 days. I know - I’m insane. I usually use Lent as an excuse to try and lose weight by giving up sweets or soda but we all know how that usually ends up.
This year I wanted to do something that will benefit me spiritually. First Peter 3:3 says - “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Although I don’t wear insane amounts of make up I still feel inadequate without it. I have believed the idea that the only way people will find me pretty is if I hide my flaws behind make up. I’m tired of never feeling good enough. Society tells me that the way God created me (in His image) is inadequate. Why is it that I can sit at home alone all day without makeup on and feel fantastic but when I step out of my apartment I immediately feel vulnerable? This tells me that I compare myself to others when in public and feel incomplete.
I want to use the time that I spent in the morning putting make up on to pray for love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and self control. I hope that it will help me see others - and myself - as beautiful images of God. My goal this Lenten season is to find inner beauty for myself and finding my worth in God - not in everyone else. So here I am - no make up! I am looking forward to the challenge.