Last night while serving in Kids ministry I had a little girl ask me a very interesting question. Why do you wear makeup? I was speechless, I racked my brain for a response that would be appropriate for a 5 year old. If I said, “Well it makes me feel pretty” then that would subconciously tell her that you need to wear makeup to be pretty which is definitely not true. I responded, “I like to look nice at church.” They guy I was working with made a joke about “making up” and being nice to eachother to change the subject and we moved on.
That question stuck to be like glue. Why do I wear makeup? For those who hang out with me outside of Sundays at church then you know I don’t wear makeup that often. It has taken me many years to get to this point but it’s a wonderful place to be. I use to literally walk through the halls of my highschool my freshman year looking at the ground because I hadn’t put my makeup on yet. That is a very sad memory to me. I wouldn’t go to the grocery store with my mom without putting mascara on. I had to slather my face with foundation before going ANYWHERE.
I think it was around my junior year that I really started to let God heal me of those insecurities of being told I wasn’t beautiful or I was too fat. God began to speak to me about how beautiful I was, and not by the worlds view. He spoke to me about how I was beautiful because I was created in His image. He gave me this verse that I have clung to for years now.
1 Peter 3:3-5
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 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.
Just turning 18 and being where I am in my life I can say I have come a long way from where I was. When I have nothing on my face and my hair isn’t straightened and i’m just Ann… God still reminds me that i’m beautiful even when I’m raw.
I’m not bashing makeup, because I do wear it, but I think we have to ask ourselves the question behind why we wear it? I like wearing it to polish off an outift/look but at the same time I am fine not wearing it. I do admit, it does make me feel pretty, but i don’t feel like a monster when I don’t. It’s just something I have been pondering on and felt like sharing.
Do you feel beautiful when your raw? Is that something you need to let God work on in your heart. I have something to tell you and so does He……….
you are beautiful.