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The last few days I’ve been trying to figure what it would look like to get dressed in the morning, fix my hair, put on earrings, and apply my mascara without adorning myself.
“Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear…” ~ 1 Peter 3:3
Most commentators agree that Peter isn’t commanding that we never braid our hair or refuse to wear gold jewelry. Literally it reads, “Do not let your adorning be external … the wearing of clothes…” And it’s pretty safe to say that Peter didn’t mean we should avoid wearing clothes at all, it’s just not where our beauty should come from. The same with our hair and jewelry.
So I can fix my hair and wear make up with a clean conscience. My husband is relieved.
But I’ve only determined that Peter is not forbidding that I fix my hair or wear jewelry and make up at all. I still don’t know how to apply mascara in such a way that it is not my adornment. And it matters that I’m not adorning myself this way. That was his point.
I don’t have a complete answer. But these are a few thoughts I’m starting with:
- Conditioning my heart to find precious what God finds precious.
- Longing more for people to be attracted to Jesus than me.
- Recognizing that it is idolatry to insist that I need to feel beautiful.
- Seeing physical beauty as a metaphor for righteousness.
- Trusting God for the promise of everlasting beauty.
More thoughts on what this looks like coming up! But what about today? Today starts with a simple prayer, “God, I want to do this well. I don’t know how. Teach me.”
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