Leggings, envy and florescent lights…

Two vanity-laden observations: mirror

  • Everyone these days loves leggings. However, after trying on almost every top in my closet that covers my rear, I have decided that I am not buying another pair until I lose 20 pounds. (And although that would put me into that ideal “skinny” range, it would also require a daily regimen of only eating three raisins and smelling a diet Coke.) Without a mumu over them, I look…curvier than I prefer.
  • My bathroom lights are fritzy. My side of the counter is never well-lit so I rely on experience and memory to put my makeup on properly. Tonight the lights came on in all their florescent glory.

    I either want different lights or a facelift.

Sometimes the Scriptures do that to me too. Yeah, you know where I’m going with this. My leggings don’t make me look curvy. My thighs make me look that way. My lights don’t make me look…well, they are florescent, so they don’t help but neither does my age.

It is very easy to read Scripture and think of the power it has to free people in this dark world that we live in. I love to teach and when I read certain passages, they almost immediately start “to preach” in my mind. Lesson illustrations begin to form and I get excited. Then the stark florescent light of God’s Word shines bright and I see words like jealousy and selfish ambition in there among murder and adultery.

There is a passage in Romans that has been resonating with me lately and I just read it again:
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkeness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
(Romans 13:12-14)

That isn’t just flicking on a florescent light. That one utilizes a magnification mirror.

Revelry, drunkeness, lewdness – pretty much in check. “The day is at hand…Put on the armor of light.” Those are exciting exhortations! But strife can mean having a contentious spirit and I have been known to be argumentative a time or two. Envy or jealousy ties in with rivalry. Rivalry with other Kingdom builders is far uglier than uncovered leggings.

mirror Tonight I wore a longer top and used bronzer. But the light that the Scripture shines on our weakness is not meant to be ignored. God gives us grace and never wants us to walk in shame. But He also gives us the wonderful convicting voice of His Holy Spirit, urging self-reflection and prayer that we can discern just what we need to do to show the beauty of our Jesus.