My grandmother called it “putting on” her face.
Concealer, foundation, blush, shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss.
I refuse to leave the house without makeup. I’ve even been known to go into surgery wearing a little mascara. I know you’re supposed to go under the knife sans products, but I just feel so naked without lashes and lip gloss.
Do you feel exposed and vulnerable without concealer and color?
Standing in front of the mirror the other morning, I realized I not only put concealer on superficial flaws; I also have plenty of imperfections on the inside I’m constantly trying to cover up and hide. Weaknesses and worries, pride and selfishness, bad habits and lousy motives . . . the list goes on and on and on.
I have this daydream that with enough concealer my sins just won’t look that bad . . . even to God.
O God, You know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from You. Psalm 69:5
You can’t whitewash your sins and get by with it; you find mercy by admitting and leaving them. Proverbs 28:13
It’s time to stop kidding myself. To stop hiding the real me. Care to join me? Are you ready to stop hiding the real you?
[Tweet “The truth is—caked on makeup looks ridiculous. It settles in our wrinkles and makes us look older.”]
Trying to put spackle over my sins doesn’t work any better. I will always end up miserable and guilt ridden. Not to mention Looking hypocritical to the people around me.
Are you guilty too?
Now I’m not suggesting we should spill every detail of our lives publicly. But it’s important to take our makeup off before God. To honestly pour ourselves out and reveal the truth.
Telling Him our fears and faults and our worries and weaknesses. Not for Him. He knows. But for us. You and I need to take off our false faces and admit our need for grace and mercy.
Because once you and I KNOW how much God loves and forgives us . . . we get better at loving and forgiving each other.
We love better when we admit we’re not perfect. When we stop judging and criticizing. Stop biting and devouring. Stop criticizing and condemning.
I get it! Many of us learned to “put on our faces” at church.
Many faith families expect spackled faces.
1. Do the people at my church welcome everyone even those with exposed faults? Do I?
2. Do my friends and I gossip about the people who have exposed messes and call them prayer requests?
3. Do we rant about and condemn some sins while we excuse others? Do I?
4. Do you act friendly and nice at church but demanding and critical when you’re at stores and restaurants or at home?
5. Do you_____________________ (What would you add?)
I know. We’re all guilty at times. That’s why it’s time to…
Take off our makeup! By:
Stopping and intentionally listening to each other.
Making a deliberate effort to trust that everyone is trying to do the best they know how.
Getting “real” and humble before God and each another.
Let’s love better. Our neighbors…
And ourselves. No makeup. Honest.
Cleansed and fresh. Loved and forgiven. And equipped to love and forgive others.
Last week I shared how I Learned an Important Truth in the Hall of Locked Doors and how God showed me things I needed to surrender to Him. Today I’m inviting you to join me in admitting to we need forgiveness. We need each other. We need love.
I’m a mess. But by God’s grace—I’m a forgiven mess.
No finger-pointing here. Just love at the intersection of faith and life.